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The "People" in the PLA: Recruitment, Training, and Education in China's Military

The 'People' in the PLA: Recruitment, Training, and Education in China's Military - Cover

Edited by Mr. Roy Kamphausen, Dr. Andrew Scobell, Mr. Travis Tanner.

September 2008

401 Pages

Brief Synopsis

This volume represents the latest in the series published by the Strategic Studies Institute and describes the advances and reforms the PLA has made in its recruitment, officer and NCO training and education, and mobilization. As part of its larger reform effort to modernize and transform its military into a technologically sophisticated force, the PLA has implemented a number of measures aimed at training up a “new-type” officer for its modernized forces—one capable of operating effectively in a technologically advanced “informationalized” environment. This volume sheds light on such important questions as how the PLA’s personnel system is adapting to fulfill the requirements of a military force capable of “winning local wars under informationalized conditions” and how the PLA is cultivating a new generation of officers and what capabilities these new officers will likely possess.


General John M. Shalikashvili, USA-Ret.

1. Introduction
Roy Kamphausen, Andrew Scobell, and Travis Tanner

2. Trends in Education and Training, 1924-2007: From Whampoa to Nanjing Polytechnic
Thomas J. Bickford

3. “True is False, False is True, Virtual is Reality, Reality is Virtual”: Technology and Simulation in the Chinese Military Training Revolution
James Mulvenon

4. PLA Conscript and Noncommissioned Officer Individual Training
Dennis J. Blasko

5. Building the Fighting Strength: PLA Officer Accession, Education, Training, and Utilization
John F. Corbett, Jr., Edward C. O’Dowd, and David D. Chen

6. Reforming the Officer Corps: Keeping the College Grads In, the Peasants Out, and the Incompetent Down
Kristen Gunness and Fred Vellucci

7. PLA Career Progressions and Policies
Elizabeth Hague

8. Educating “New-Type Military Talent”: The PLA’s Command Colleges
Nan Li

9. The Cradle of Generals: Strategists, Commanders, and the PLA-National Defense University
Paul H. B. Godwin

10. Shaping China’s Next Generation of Military Leaders: For What Kind of Army?
Ellis Joffe

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