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  1. PLA to recruit yet more graduates

    Posted Apr 10th 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan, Raymond Li

    ... of new recruits with secondary education this year,' Xu Guangyu, a retired PLA general and a board member of the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, said. 'The total number ... year. In order to turn the PLA into a nimbler and leaner force, Beijing last year announced that the number of university graduates recruited as non-commissioned officers should be increased ...

  2. PLA on a steep learning curve with record intake of graduates

    Posted Dec 05th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... the country since its recruitment drive began in May. This is a far cry from its first graduate recruitment exercise in 2001, which saw just 2,000 sign up. Last year, 39,000 graduates joined. The PLA ... Gulf war in 1991, when Deng Xiaoping decided 'human wave' tactics were out and modern warfare was in. The PLA embarked on a modernisation drive that continues to this day. China ...

  3. PLA on a steep learning curve

    Posted Dec 05th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... The PLA, the world's largest fighting force, is desperate to attract university graduates as it seeks to become a hi-tech army befitting the world's new superpower. The turning point came with the first Gulf war in 1991, when Deng Xiaoping decided 'human wave' tactics were out and modern warfare was in. He ordered the demobilisation of a million troops, and the PLA, now 2.3 ...

  4. PLA reaps benefits as weak job market brings flood of recruits

    Posted Sep 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... ranks. Quoting statistics from the Ministry of Education and the PLA's General Staff Headquarters, an army department in charge of recruitment, Xinhua reported that the PLA had signed up ... according to official statistics. Statistics from the Ministry of Human Resources and Labour showed that 45 per cent of fresh graduates had a job by the end of May. In the same month, the PLA ...

  5. PLA is no solution for army of jobless graduates

    Posted Mar 19th 2009, 12:00am by David Eimer

    ... or the PLA is absurd. With modern warfare a hi-tech beast, the PLA is already grappling with the problem that most of its recruits don't serve for long enough to become effective soldiers. But if the PLA lacks skilled soldiers, it is not short of cash. Its budget was increased by almost 15 per cent at the NPC. In contrast, just 2.5 per cent of gross domestic product is spent on education, ...

  6. Parents welcome at PLA boot camp for students

    Posted Jul 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... participant said, as a video at a press conference to launch this year's event showed tearful goodbyes at previous camps. The camp, jointly organised by the PLA and the Education Bureau, ...

  7. PLA enjoys taste of student life

    Posted Oct 13th 2007, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... here,' Ms Liu said. In the afternoon, the soldiers joined a class of students learning the history of pinyin characters. Then a PLA basketball team took on a university team. 'Our soldiers ...

  8. Young writers rewarded with PLA pomp

    Posted Feb 29th 2004, 12:00am by Hannah Lee

    ... Hannah Lee Hundreds of parents and students were bussed to the naval base of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Stonecutters island for two hours of nationalistic speeches, singing ... building. But first, the audience stood for the national anthem, which followed the entrance of eight guests led by PLA Beijing Liaison Office deputy director Li Gang and the army's deputy ...

  9. PLA campaigners storm campuses in recruitment drive

    Posted Nov 06th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... began targeting graduates in 2001, this year's efforts highlight the military's determination to further streamline the 2.5-million-strong PLA and boost its capacity to wage information warfare. The assessment comes from Xu Xiangwen, a military sociologist with the PLA Nanjing Institute of Politics in Jiangsu province. 'Joining the army used to be an option ...

  10. Trimmed-down PLA puts medical university in hands of province

    Posted Aug 25th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok in Guangzhou A military medical university in Guangzhou was yesterday handed to the Guangdong provincial government as part of the People's Liberation Army attempt to streamline its operations. The transfer of the First Military Medical ...




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