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China’s PLA doubles new recruits’ training period to improve combat readiness

china news, china news today, china news defence, defence news, defence news latest The PLA is the world’s
largest military with two million troops. The new recruits
could not keep pace with veterans, and veterans are not
receiving enough training, the announcement said.

The Chinese military has doubled the training period for new
recruits of its ground forces from three to six months in a bid
to improve their combat capabilities, state media reported
Friday.

The new recruits of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will be
trained on professional skills before they are allocated to
different companies, which have their own schedules and pace
for professional skills training, Global Times quoted the PLA
Army announcement as saying.

The PLA is the world’s largest military with two million
troops. The new recruits could not keep pace with veterans, and
veterans are not receiving enough training, the announcement
said. 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 enrolment 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 after
six months of training, it said. The additional three months of
training gives six months to the new recruits to adapt to
military life and receive comprehensive training, the report
added.

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