REFORMS of the PLA's training programme have enhanced its combat ability through the reorganisation of field divisions into smaller brigades with advanced equipment. This reorganisation of divisions into highly mobile brigades was one of the three major objectives of the training programme ordered by the Central Military Commission last year, the Liberation Army Daily said yesterday. 'The new motorised infantry brigades should be structured with a comprehensive capability and a small command core,' it said. The other two objectives were to strengthen training bases in each of the seven regional commands and to make training more effective. Top generals attended manoeuvres last week in Beijing which featured displays by units from the Shenyang, Beijing and Nanjing military regions, the paper said. Xinhua said the manoeuvres displayed for the first time the interception of a cruise missile and the use of computer technology to perform simulated attack operations. 'The new military training programme has taken the PLA to the foremost of modern warfare,' the agency said. Meanwhile, local authorities are preparing for the winter conscription campaign, which begins on November 1. It will be the first since last year's amendment which shortened compulsory military service from four to two years.