Reg­u­la­tion stan­dard­izes PLA of­fi­cers’ ben­e­fits

Global Times US Edition - - TOPNEWS - By Zhao Yusha

Strictly reg­u­lat­ing high-level mil­i­tary of­fi­cers keeps the mil­i­tary in or­der, mil­i­tary ex­perts noted on Tues­day af­ter the re­lease of a reg­u­la­tion that stan­dard­izes the ben­e­fits for se­nior mil­i­tary of­fi­cers.

The Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion ( CMC) re­cently re­leased a reg­u­la­tion stan­dard­iz­ing the ben­e­fits of mil­i­tary of­fi­cers at or above corps level, in­clud­ing of­fices, hous­ing, ve­hi­cles and med­i­cal ser­vices, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ported Tues­day.

The reg­u­la­tion also re­quires such of­fi­cers to have the ap­pro­pri­ate num­ber of staff as stip­u­lated, show­ing the CMC’s com­mit­ment to strict mil­i­tary gov­er­nance, it said.

The reg­u­la­tion will take ef­fect on Jan­uary 1, 2018, Xin­hua re­ported.

“Strictly man­ag­ing high­level mil­i­tary of­fi­cers is key to strictly man­ag­ing the mil­i­tary, as their be­hav­ior has a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the whole mil­i­tary,” Li Daguang, a pro­fes­sor at the National De­fense Univer­sity of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA), told the Global Times on Tues­day.

Li noted that it is im­per­a­tive to strictly reg­u­late top mil­i­tary of­fi­cers to set an ex­am­ple for sol­diers at the grass-roots level and to pre­vent cor­rup­tion.

Apart from the reg­u­la­tion on of­fi­cers, the CMC also is­sued an al­co­hol ban to fos­ter a dis­ci­plined and hon­est at­mos­phere ben­e­fi­cial to the mil­i­tary, Li said.

The Reg­u­la­tion on the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Un­ap­proved Din­ner and Al­co­hol Drink­ing, or the “strictest al­co­hol ban in his­tory,” was en­forced on the PLA and the Armed Po­lice Force in Septem­ber.

The reg­u­la­tion warns that the PLA and mil­i­tary of­fi­cers at all lev­els should not drink al­co­hol while on duty, on bases or in uni­form.

It also added oc­ca­sions when sol­diers and of­fi­cers are not al­lowed to drink or even bring al­co­hol.

Many sol­diers and of­fi­cers have avoided al­co­hol since the ban took ef­fect, and even urged their fel­low sol­diers to do the same, Li said.

Troops in Baod­ing, North China’s He­bei Prov­ince, in­ter­act with per­son­nel out­side of the base by text and voice calls to check if they drink al­co­hol, or even call their fam­i­lies to make in­quiries, ac­cord­ing to a Peo­ple’s Daily re­port pub­lished on Mon­day.

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