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PLA to interchange military and political principle officers at grassroots units

( Source: China Military Online  )         2015-January-12 16:29

  BEIJING, January 12 (ChinaMil) -- The General Political Department (GPD) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) issued opinions on job rotation of military and political principal officers at grassroots units a few days ago, making an all-round and systematic deployment for the first time on promoting job rotation of military and political principal officers in the PLA and the People's Armed Police Force (APF), according to the website of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on January 11, 2015.

  PLA Daily reported the job rotation of military and political principal officers is also another important move for strengthening construction of the cadre contingent according to the goal and requirements for a strong army.

  Insiders told the reporter that this shows the military attaches importance to the role of grassroots units in cultivating and training military talents.

  Insiders also revealed that CMC Chairman Xi Jinping has been attaching importance to the fundamental role of grassroots units in cultivating and tempering cadres since he acted as chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC). The recent "serve in the company as a soldier" campaign is also a reflection of this concept.

  PLA Daily also pointed out CMC Chairman Xi Jinping attaches great importance to cultivating and training cadres through practices of strengthening the military, and stresses grassroots units and front lines should be used as the fundamental battlefields for cultivating and tempering cadres, and ways of exchanging cadres should be expanded, so that cadres can get tempered at different posts, through different channels and at different levels.

  According Xinhua News Agency, the GPD of the PLA issued the Provisions with the approval of CMC Chairman Xi Jinping in April 2013, urging the whole PLA and the APF to organize leaders and cadres above and at the regimental level to serve in the company as a soldier and live in the squad.

  The Provisions requires leaders and cadres to serve in the company as a solider, and wear a private's military rank. "Serving in the company and living in the squad" means to serve in a company-level unit and normally live at a squad or platoon, give guidance and assistance to the company, and conduct the "dissection-like" research.

  By the end of 2014, more than 86,000 leaders and cadres above the regimental level, including 810 leaders above the combined corps level, had been organized to serve in the company as soldiers, facilitating transformation of the work styles of leading organs, and overall construction of grassroots units.

  What kinds of cadres should be produced in the PLA's cultivation? CMC Chairman Xi Jinping clearly pointed out at the political work conference for the PLA that a good cadre should meet five criteria, namely being "loyal to the Party, good combat fighting, responsible, outstanding in performance, and incorruptible".

Editor :  Yao Jianing