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Nearly all PLA grassroots officers are college graduates

By  Ou Shijin (PLA Daily)

08:29, July 17, 2012

Qian Xuesen, distinguished scientist of the People's Republic of China (PRC), had a vision on the educational background of talent phalanx of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in 1980s – the army corps commander has doctor degree, the division commander has master degree and the regiment commander has bachelor degree. Some people said with emotion that the vision of Qian Xuesen was almost a "myth".

After years of unremitting efforts, Qian Xuesen's "myth" is becoming the reality. Up to now, the PLA has had a large number of high-caliber company-level and battalion-level officers with master degree or doctor degree. The rate of training for the officers is up to 90 percent. 81.9 percent of the grassroots officers have bachelor degrees or above and 7.2 percent of them have master degrees or doctor degrees. "Nearly all the grassroots officers are college graduates, which helps to significantly improve the qualities of the officers and men, especially their information-based qualities." a leader of the Central Military Commission (CMC) said delightedly at the PLA grassroots construction working conference which was held in late June 2012.

According to the information provided by various branch offices of the PLA Daily, the headquarters system of the Guangzhou Military Area Command (MAC) of the PLA has more than 500 officers with full-time master degree or doctor degree. A group army of the Beijing MAC of the PLA has a post-doctoral working station and a post-doctoral working office, and its nearly 1,000 combat-oriented equipment support talents, with 29 doctors and 109 masters as the main body, have become the backbones in such professional fields as radar, guided missile and electronic countermeasure (ECM). A guided missile brigade under the Second Artillery Force (SAF) of the PLA has successively cultivated 6 doctors and 69 masters and they have made impressive achievements of live ammunition launch with unfailing accuracy.

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