Mil­i­tary ad­justs re­cruit­ment stan­dards

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

The Chi­nese mil­i­tary has low­ered the height re­quire­ment and raised the weight limit to at­tract new re­cruits with higher ed­u­ca­tion back­grounds. And the pol­icy on tat­toos has been re­laxed.

The height re­quire­ment for a male can­di­date has been ad­justed to 160 cen­time­ters from 162 cm and for fe­male can­di­dates to 158 cm from 160 cm, ac­cord­ing to the De­fense Min­istry’s re­cruit­ment of­fice.

The up­per weight limit for male en­lis­tees was also re­laxed to al­low more portly young men into the mil­i­tary. The new stan­dards also low­ered eye­sight re­quire­ments be­cause nearly 70 per­cent of high school and univer­sity stu­dents in China are near­sighted.

The People’s Lib­er­a­tion Army is also more tol­er­ant of tat­toos, which had been re­garded as a taboo in the mil­i­tary. People who have less than 2 cm of tat­toos show­ing on their body while in uni­form or 10 cm of to­tal ink are al­lowed to join. Tat­toos with ob­scene or vi­o­lent mat­ter or re­fer­ring to il­le­gal or­ga­ni­za­tions will dis­qual­ify can­di­dates. (Photo 2)

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