PLA move changes fo­cus at mil­i­tary schools

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO LEI in Beijing zhaolei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A chang­ing Chi­nese mil­i­tary strat­egy and planned troop re­duc­tions in the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army are hav­ing an im­pact on the num­ber and type of stu­dents mil­i­tary acad­e­mies will be re­cruit­ing and train­ing.

Re­cruit­ment of stu­dents needed to bol­ster China’s com­bat ca­pa­bil­ity will be in­creased, even as the over­all num­ber of mil­i­tary school stu­dents will be re­duced, of­fi­cials said at a mil­i­tary school re­cruit­ment con­fer­ence in Beijing that ended on Tues­day.

Com­pared with last year, 24 per­cent fewer stu­dents will be ad­mit­ted to stud­ies re­lated to the army, in­clud­ing the in­fantry and ar­tillery, while lo­gis­tic and sup­port de­part­ments will see their re­cruits fall by 45 per­cent, said a news re­lease from the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion’s Train­ing Man­age­ment Depart­ment.

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