The Chinese military officers of the future will be brighter tacticians,
better educated and adept at commanding the highest tech weaponry under an
innovative training plan to build a better armed forces in the information age.
Recruiting high-caliber soldiers was also key to the training plan, a Chinese
military officer said yesterday at the Foreign Affairs Office of Ministry of
"The military will establish a new personnel training and educating system,
which combines basic and continuing education, academic and military education,
and domestic and overseas training," Shi Baohua, deputy chief of the Personnel
Department of General Political Department of the People's Liberation Army
(PLA), said in a briefing attended by military attaches from more than 40
The annual briefing centered on the implementation of the Strategic Project
of Personnel Development of PLA, a general plan for personnel development in the
military by 2020.
"The project (launched in 2003) aims to obtain commanding officers capable of
building informationalized armed forces; staff officers proficient in planning
military operations; scientists capable of exploring key technologies in
weaponry and equipment; technical specialists with thorough knowledge of hi-tech
weaponry performance; and NCOs (non-commissioned officer) with expertise in
using weapons and equipment at hand," Shi said.
He added that the PLA will enrol more high-caliber civilian personnel for
"We will put into place a civilian employee system and create posts for
specialists as a way to attract talent," he said.
The PLA now has more than 10,000 personnel with doctorate or master's degrees
from civilian sections, and more than 1,000 officers are studying for doctorate
or master's degrees in top non-military universities.
The long-running human resources project is greatly supported by a special
fund of 350 million yuan ($45 million) that the PLA allocated each year.
More than 200,000 officers received pre-promotion education in academic
institutions, according to Shi.
"PLA adopted an all-level pre-promotion education system of commanding
officers, which means that all officers will receive education relevant to their
future assignments before their promotion," he said.