China's armed forces are going to hire civilians as catering service workers and drivers for some logistics posts, which until now have been reserved for soldiers, military sources said Wednesday.
The change will take place gradually and be confined to military institutions above army corps or non-combat troops, according to a document issued recently by the Headquarters of General Staff, the General Political Department, the General Logistics Department, and the General Armament Department of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), the country's defense forces.
A spokesman for the PLA said the unprecedented reform is of great importance for the armed forces to optimize its structures and improve its combat effectiveness.
The document was formulated according to the actual conditions of the armed services and the country's laws and regulations on labor.
According to the document, job seekers shall have competent knowledge and ability for the jobs and must be holders of job skill certificates if they apply for skilled jobs.
The term of the job contracts is one or two years and the contracts may be renewed.