Pay heed to soldiers' complaints: PLA paper

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 November, 2011, 12:00am


The People's Liberation Army's official newpaper has published a rare article urging officers to heed suggestions and complaints from rank-and-file soldiers.

The article in Sunday's PLA Daily said soldiers were becoming more serious about officers' breach of army rules, including those on the use of the internet and mobile phones.

And increasingly, soldiers are filing complaints if they see such violations. Unlike in the past, young soldiers now tend to speak out if they learn their superiors have done something inappropriate, according to the article.

The change is 'an inevitable result of social development and of improvement in people's cultural qualities and awareness about democracy', the article said.

The most recent cases that have aroused soldiers' indignation include some officers surfing the internet, in violation of a recent ban, as they have separate offices or dormitories.

Some solders have filed complaints and urged officers to be strict with themselves while also being strict with others.

In June, the army's Central Military Commission released new regulations prohibiting its 2.3 million soldiers from using internet services, including blogging, because of concerns that they may reveal military secrets. The article said some officers had also failed to use their mobile phones according to guidelines.

Soldiers have complained that officers sent text messages on the training fields, answered phone calls in the middle of classes, or even stopped conversations with lower-ranking soldiers because of incoming calls despite the prohibited use of mobile phones.

Soldiers have also been very active in giving feedback on issues that are closely related to their own interests, such as competition for promotions, rewards for deeds of merit, and adjustments of jobs.

When things happen that they believe are unreasonable, more soldiers will either file a complaint to a relevant department or post them on a local intranet, according to the article.

'Undoubtedly, this shows young soldiers' sense of being a master [of the army], as well as their wish to care for and protect the army,' the article said.