BEIJING, July 30 (Xinhua) — Ahead of the 95th founding anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the Political Bureau of the 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on Thursday afternoon the 41st group study session on the further implementation of the strategy of strengthening the army by training competent personnel in the new era.
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, chaired the study session and delivered a speech. On behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the Central Military Commission (CMC), he extended festive greetings to all members of the PLA, the People’s Armed Police, civilian personnel of the PLA and members of the militia and reserve forces.
Xi stressed that we should implement the strategy of building up the military by training competent personnel in the new era. By increasing the capacity and proficiency of military personnel and fundamentally transforming the structure and disposition of personnel as well as personnel development and management, we will cultivate a new type of high-caliber and professional military personnel who claim both moral integrity and professional competence. All of these efforts are of great significance for realizing the Party’s goal of strengthening the military in the new era and building it into world-class armed forces. The guiding principles of the Central Talent Work Conference should be applied, as should those of the CMC Talent Work Conference. Xi stressed that competent personnel will play a greater role in guiding and supporting the development of the military as we fully implement our strategy.
Shen Zhihua, head of the Institute for Military Political Work of the Academy of Military Sciences, gave a lecture on how to further implement the strategy of strengthening the army by training competent personnel in the new era and presented its opinions and proposals.
In his remarks, Xi stressed that a pool of skilled personnel is essential to building strong armed forces. Since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, the CPC Central Committee and the CMC have given priority to training capable personnel in a bid to build a strong army in the new era. Great efforts have been made to reaffirm the political principle of the Party exercising leadership over personnel, to clarify that the training of military personnel should be combat-oriented, to optimize the layout of military personnel development, to deepen the reform of human resources policies and systems, and to promote openness and integration into the work of talent. Historic achievements have thus been made in the training of military personnel.
Xi noted that the world has entered a new period of volatility and transformation, and instability and uncertainty are increasing in China’s national security landscape. Over the next five years, the central task of the development of our army will be to achieve its centenary goal. Efforts must be made to strengthen military personnel overall by increasing their awareness of potential dangers, their sense of responsibility and their will to move forward.
To ensure that the personnel we have trained are competent enough to serve the cause of building strong armed forces, it is imperative that we grasp the professional characteristics of military service and the laws governing the development of military personnel, and make the job more focused and efficient staff. , Xi pointed out. We must emphasize political integrity when training, evaluating and appointing personnel, so that the absolute leadership of the Party over the military is implemented in the entire work process. staff, Xi said. He stressed that the armed forces should always be led by people who are reliable and loyal to the Party. Noting that the starting point and ultimate goal of personnel work is to build armed forces capable of fighting and winning, Xi called for efforts to improve the supply of personnel with strong combat readiness by close collaboration with the evolution of forms of warfare.
The armed forces should redouble their efforts to study modern science and technology, especially military high technology, in order to better understand and apply science and technology to innovate in this regard, and enhance their caliber by improving scientific skills. and technology, Xi said. .
Xi noted that more efforts should be made to address major issues that hinder the work of armed forces personnel, calling for coordinated efforts to promote reform and innovation in identifying, pooling, the training and appointment of competent personnel. We should continue to take the approach of cultivating talents on our own, expand the channels of cultivating talents, and explore new paths in this regard. We should also pursue the military education policy for the new era, implement the strategy to prioritize the development of military education institutions and push forward the reform of these institutions, Xi said.
It is imperative that we cultivate and identify competent personnel in major missions and on the front lines. Efforts are needed to innovate in the management of military human resources, systematically plan the career paths of the various personnel, ensure their targeted distribution and assignment and promote routine and orderly exchanges. To better serve competent personnel, comprehensive measures should be taken to provide them with strong assessment, incentives and support, Xi said.
Xi also called for efforts to develop systems for military personnel with comparative strengths, improve supporting policies and ensure a smooth transfer between old and new policies.
Xi stressed that strong support from the whole Party and all sectors across the country is essential for the work of military personnel. We must promote military-civilian communication and coordination, strive to meet military demand, and coordinate civilian plans, policies and work with those of the military, in order to deeply integrate the work of our military personnel into our country’s efforts to develop a quality workforce.
Xi said central Party and government departments, local Party committees and governments at all levels should raise awareness of national defense, care about the work of military personnel as always, and offer support. in terms of policy development and resource sharing. The concerns and difficulties of military personnel, such as the employment of their spouses, the enrollment of their children in kindergarten and school, the implementation of preferential treatment policies and the support of demobilized military personnel, must also be duly taken into account. Xi called for concerted efforts to promote the work of military personnel and further contribute to the cause of strengthening the armed forces. ■