Military adjusts recruitment standards
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)