PLA dou­bles length of train­ing for new re­cruits to in­crease com­bat readi­ness

Global Times - - Nation -

The Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA) ground force has ex­tended train­ing for new re­cruits from three months to six, a move aim­ing to im­prove com­bat ca­pa­bil­ity.

The new re­cruits will be trained on pro­fes­sional skills be­fore they are al­lo­cated to dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies, which have their own sched­ules and pace for pro­fes­sional skills train­ing, the PLA Army an­nounced on its WeChat ac­count on Thurs­day.

The an­nounce­ment said new re­cruits could not keep pace with veter­ans, and veter­ans are not re­ceiv­ing enough train­ing.

The prob­lem has in­flu­enced and curbed the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the PLA Army’s com­bat ca­pa­bil­ity, an anony­mous of­fi­cial of a train­ing bureau was quoted as say­ing in the an­nounce­ment.

“Now the new re­cruit train­ing is more ef­fec­tive, and they will be al­lo­cated to com­bat units af­ter be­ing fully trained to the stan­dard of a qual­i­fied sol­dier,” the of­fi­cial said.

Tian Liang, po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar of the 2nd group of new re­cruits in the 71st Group Army, said, “The ex­tended train­ing pe­riod and ad­di­tional train­ing con­tent have en­sured the new re­cruits can blend faster into dif­fer­ent units and be pre­pared for com­bat.” The ad­di­tional train­ing in­cludes skills in ac­cor­dance with their dif­fer­ent corps.

The en­roll­ment pe­riod has been held in sum­mer and au­tumn since 2013, be­fore that it hap­pened in win­ter. The change in 2013 al­lows new re­cruits to join the PLA Army in Septem­ber and also helps in­crease the pro­por­tion of univer­sity grad­u­ates among the re­cruits. The new re­cruits are placed along­side veter­ans in March in corps af­ter six months of train­ing.

The re­port said the ad­di­tional three months of train­ing gives six months to the new re­cruits to adapt to mil­i­tary life and re­ceive com­pre­hen­sive train­ing.

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