China's Central Military Commission strengthens supervision over military training of 6m college freshmen

Global Times
Huang Panyue

Starting this semester, the military training activities that students undergo must be reported to the Central Military Commission (CMC) each day, a part of a move to improve the quality of students' military training.

All of the military commands in China should gather information about the students' military training and send daily reports to the CMC National Defense Mobilization Department starting immediately, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily reported Saturday.

Every year, more than 20 million students in 2,000 universities and 22,000 high schools in China undergo military training for about two weeks in their freshman year.

Soldiers in active service and reserve personnel for militia should be the instructors of military training given to students. Civil organizations are prohibited from providing commercial military training services. The PLA Daily noted market-oriented activities have been involved as the demand for military training increased in recent years.

In 2017, suggestions issued by the State Council and the CMC said the training should be under the supervision of the Communist Party of China and a system that could improve the capability of instructors, the training content, and the supervision of training quality should be built.

This year, more than 84,000 soldiers will be allocated to 2,898 universities and colleges to instruct military training for more than 5.95 million students. The elite members of the reserve personnel for militia will be on a waiting list to act as instructors, according to the report.

In addition to standing at attention and marching in lockstep, in recent years students have also received training on nuclear and biochemical protection, and practiced long-distance marching bearing loads.


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