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The Political Department (zhenazhi bu/konazhena) is responsible for ideology and political work, MWR (morale, welfare, and recreation), Party organization, cultural education, mass work, and teaching patriotism, as well as being responsible for officer appointments, promotions, and removal. The Political Department has a director (zhuren/Maj Gen), two deputy directors (Maj Gen), and at least twelve second level departments/divisions/offices.






The General Office (ban on shi) is responsible for reviewing all paperwork going to the director and deputy directors.

- The Secretariat Division (mishu chu) is responsible for screening all paperwork going to the director and deputy directors.

- The Administrative Division (guanli chu) is responsible for services, the budget, and logistics support to the Political Department.

- The Letters of Inyiry Division (xinfana chu) is responsible for receiving and responding to letters of complaint and inquiry, much the same as a USAF Inspector General's Office does.

- The Political Research Office (zhenazhi yaniiushi/zhenavanshi) is responsible for studying problems and writing up the necessary reports.   


The Organization Department (zuzhi bu) is primarily responsible for Party affairs and has three subordinate divisions.

 - The Party Committee Division (dangwei chu) is responsible for the daily affairs of the PLAAF Party Committee.

 - The Youth Division (nianqinQ chu) is responsible for all youth activities.

 - The Organization Division (zuzhi chu) is responsible for statistics, awards, survivor benefits, women's affairs, and outstanding officer recognition. 


The Cadre/Personnel Department (ganbu bu) manages appointments, promotions, demotions, and all personnel matters. It has four divisions.

 - The Appointment and Removal Division (renmian chu) is responsible for appointment, removal, and promotions.

 - The Ranks Division (iunxian chu) was established to work on the 1988 introduction of ranks in the PLAAF. This division may eventually be abolished. 

- The Transfer Division (tiaonei chu) is responsible for selection, assignments, and transfers. 

- The Science and Technology Division (ke'i~ is responsible for schools, health, and technical matters. It works with the Schools Division (yuanxiao chu) in the General Political Department's Cadre/Personnel Department (ganbu bu). 


The Propaganda Department (xuanchuan bu) is in charge of propaganda, ideology, and mobilization, as well as internal PLAAF information and publications. It has three divisions. 

- The Pro]2aganda Division (xuanchuan chu) writes news articles. 

- The Education Division (iiaoyu chu) is responsible for ideology and education. It has at least one section. 

- Audio-Visual Education Section (dianhua gaoyu zu). 

-The Cultural Education Division (wenhua iiaoyu chu) is responsible for Cultural Education. 


The Security Department (baowei bu) manages all security matters, including security for VIPs. At the base level, it is called the Security Office (jingwei ke), and is responsible for base security. There is no security police (kongjun jingcha) organization like in the USAF. At the base level, the gate guards belong to the base security unit (jingwei budui), which in turn belongs to the unit's Political Department. For example, at an airfield the Security Guard Flight (fendui) is divided into inner (neichang) and outer (waichang) security guards. The inner guards are responsible for barracks areas and barracks doors, while the outer guards are responsible for aircraft, airfield equipment security and maintaining airfield order. The Security Department has three Divisions. 

- The Security Division (baowei chu) is responsible for ground security at PLAAF units. Personnel at HqAF who man the gates are from the Headquarters Department's Administrative Bureau, but they are responsible to the Security Division. The Security Division has a Prisoner Guard Unit (kanshou suo) which has a martial arts (wushu dui) team that competes throughout China. 

- The Pilot Support Division (kongqin chu) is responsible for pilot security. 

- The VIP Security Division (jinawei chu) is responsible for PLAAF and foreign VIPs. 


The Cultural Department (wenhua bu) is in charge of cultural education and recreational affairs. It has three subordinate elements. 

- The PLAAF Political Works Troupe (kon zheng wengon, tuanl, which is also known as the Song & Dance Troupe (kongjun gewu tuan), is a directly subordinate unit (zhishu budui). The troupe performs throughout China and sent a 50-member group to the United States to perform at the USAF MAJCOMs in 1986. 

- The H4AF Women's Basketball Team (nuzi langiu dui) is a directly subordinate unit. They competed in North Korea in October 1988. 

- The HqAF Men's Basketball Team (nanzi lanqiu dui) is a directly subordinate unit. 


The Liaison Department (lianluo bu) is responsible for studying relations with Taiwan, and for enemy propaganda and interrogation. There are no divisions. 


The Mass Works Department (qungongbu) has one subordinate Division. 

- The Mass Works Division (qungong chu) is responsible for PLAAF relations teeth the government and local people. It helps resolve issues such as land disputes any incidents between the local populace and PLAAF members. 


The Retired Cadre Bureau (lao ganbu ju) is a new department and is responsible for all of the retired officer's affairs. With the demobilization and retirement programs that began in 1985, this department has the responsibility of finding jobs and housing for some of these people, especially those who joined the PLA prior to 1949. There are two retired divisions, based upon the date the PLAAF member joined the military. 

- The Retired Division (lixiu chu) is responsible for cadres who joined the military prior to 1 October 1949. These cadres receive 100 percent of their active duty salary and are entitled to live in a retired cadre sanitorium (ganxiusuo). 

- The Retired Division (tuixiu chu) is responsible for cadres who joined the military after 1 October 1949. They receive 80-90 percent of their active duty salary but are not entitled to live in a ganxiusuo. This division helps them find housing and possibly another job. 


The Air Force Newspaper Office (kongiun baoshe) is responsible for the Air Force Newspaper (Kongjun Bao) which is published three times per week. There is an Editorial Office (bianji bu). Some people also work on the Air Force (Zhongguo Kongjun) Magazine. 


The Editing Office (bianshen shi) helps older cadres write their biographies. 


The Court (fayuan) tries offenders who have been accused of a crime or wrong doing. This office works closely with the Procuratorate and Discipline Inspection Commission. The court is staffed primarily with people who received training within the political system. 

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