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Building Cadres of Office of the General Political Department to meet the task requirements

Perceiving Resolution 26-NQ/TW (tenure XII) on “focusing on building cadres at all levels, particularly those at the strategic level, who possess fine dignity, high-calibre and prestige on a par with requirement of missions,” the Party Committee of Office of the General Political Department (hereafter referred to as the GPD Office Party Committee) determines to center on leading, directing and implementing content of this important resolution in a synchronous and effective manner, contributing to fostering a corps of competent leading cadres in line with required tasks.

Realising clearly the role of cadres and cadre work, over the past few years, the GPD Office Party Committee has thoroughly grasped guidelines, policies, resolutions, and regulations of the Party and Central Military Commission (CMC) on cadre work; focused on leading and directing the development of a corps of cadres to make a positive transformation in quantity, quality and structure; and strictly implemented the Party’s unified leadership over cadre work and management. All issues pertaining to cadres and cadre work have been prepared carefully by the Party Executive Committees, discussed democratically, and decided by the majority. The settlement of the number of cadres has been conducted well. The management of the corps of cadres and each cadre has been executed in line with devolved responsibility. The management of cadres has been closely combined with the management of party members; management of organisations has been associated with self-management of cadres, in which the latter has been given a more prominent role. The judgment and assessment of cadres have been carried out regularly and strictly embraced the principles while quality, work performance and confidence of units have been taken as the highest standard. Cadre planning has been implemented strictly, examined and supplemented regularly; promotion, rotation, training, etc., has been conducted rigorously, ensuring compliance with principles, procedures, impartiality, and objectivity.

Currently, the corps of cadres working for the GPD at all levels is basically sufficient in terms of quantity with appropriate structure; possesses political steadfastness; is absolutely faithful to the Party, Fatherland and people; is always steadfast in Marxism-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh ideology; comprehends and realises their tasks in accordance with guidelines, positions and principles of the Party, policies and law of the State, and directives and resolutions of their higher echelons; has innovative working styles suitable for the nature and missions of staff units at the strategic level; and well fulfill their responsibility and assigned tasks, especially the capacity to advise, direct and instruct the Party work and political work, thereby contributing to firmly upholding and strengthening the Party’s leadership of the military, ensuring that the military is a truly reliable force, which is absolutely loyal and plays the core role in building the all-people national defence and posture of people’s war in national construction and defence.

Present tasks of building the military and consolidating national defence are laying out higher demands for performance of the GDP’s functions and missions. Meanwhile, many officers and soldiers still face difficulty in their life. The hostile forces and political opportunists are stepping up the strategy of “peaceful evolution”, promoting “self-evolution, self-transformation,” and inciting “depoliticisation” of Vietnam’s People’s Army (VPA). The VPA is adjusting its organisation and forces in an adept, lean, highly efficient, flexible, and mobile direction, satisfying requirement of missions in peacetime and being prepared to multiply its strength if required; continuing to move some services, arms and forces directly to modernity; and restructuring, renewing and improving the operating effectiveness of enterprises. The corps of cadres is engaging in a generation transition; the number of cadres with combat experience is decreasing while the capacity to advise, lead, command, and control of cadres at various levels is revealing certain limitations, potentially exerting direct influence on cadre work and cultivation of cadres in the GPD Office. The aforementioned situation requires that the GPD Office continue to reform and improve the quality of building a corps of cadres capable of meeting the demands of missions. It also has to comprehend and realise synchronously and effectively Resolution of the 7th Plenum of the Party Central Committee (Tenure XII) on cadre work with a focus on the following measures:

First, continuing to enhance the responsibility of party executive committees, party organisations, leading cadres, and specialised units for cadre work and cultivation. Units should promote propaganda and education to raise cadres and party members’ awareness of new things in the resolution, including cadres’ decisive role in success or failure of the revolution and cadre work being key to building the Party and political system. Developing a corps of cadres, especially those at strategic level is a mission of the utmost importance and the Party’s vital matter, which needs to be implemented in a regular, careful, scientific, strict, and effective manner. Investment in cultivating the corps of cadres is the investment in sustainable, long-term development. It is important to exercise the Party’s unified, direct, comprehensive leadership of cadre work and management. This is a very important lesson, our Party has learnt from the practice of building the corps of cadres during the process of leading the revolution; and represents the faithfulness and creative application of Marxism-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh ideology to cadre work in current situation. On the basis of unified understanding, every party committee, organisation and leader needs to heighten their sense of responsibility and strengthen leadership and direction for cadre work, contributing to developing the corps of cadres capable of meeting the demand for building the military and safeguarding the Fatherland in the new situation.

Second, regularly innovating and improving the quality of cadre assessment. This is an important solution and a breakthrough in cadre work today. Cadre assessment is the deciding factor in cadre planning, training, education, and employment and vice versa. Consequently, party executive committees and party organisations of GPD Office should continually innovate and improve the quality of cadre assessment. To do so, it is necessary to grasp firmly Regulation 842-QD/QUTW, dated 6 August 2018, of the CMC on title standard and criteria for assessing and grading cadres of the VPA; and examine, supplement and perfect specific criteria for each type of cadres, laying the foundation for assessing cadres, particularly before promoting or planning command and staff officers at operational and strategic levels. Cadre assessment must be grounded in specific criteria and positions to ensure objectivity, comprehensiveness, dialectic, and scientism; attach importance to both dignity and talent, but taking dignity as the roots; and consider mission fulfillment and people’s confidence as the key measurement of dignity and competence. Additionally, it is important to encourage dedicated, responsible cadres to address difficulties, overcome challenges, and dare to think, do and take responsibility; and innovate cadre assessment in an enduring, continual, multi-dimensional direction and according to concrete criteria aimed to ensure straightforwardness and publicity. Every year, seeking opinions of collectives and unions about cadres must ensure democracy and in compliance with regulations; attach importance to secret suffrage; and avoid indulgence, feeling and mistaking criteria as conditions. The GPD Office Party Committee requests party executive committees and party organisations to implement in a regular, democratic, public manner, informing cadres and party members assessed of party executive committees’ conclusions.

Third, concentrating on developing a corps of cadres with sufficient quantity, appropriate structure, increasingly high quality, and capacity to meet the demand of missions. The key task is to cultivate a corps of command and management cadres at all levels who possess firm political steadfastness, fine dignity and life style, and ability to lead and command offices and units to successfully complete their assigned missions; satisfy criteria and prestige for being elected to party executive committees at their levels and higher echelons’; and strictly comply with the principle of democratic centralism and being at the cornerstone of uniting people to build comprehensively robust offices and units. As for cadres undertaking research, advice and instruction of party work and political work in the whole military, they must have comprehensive knowledge, intensive professional skills, and good ability to instruct practical operation, particularly the capacity to research, discover, analyse, synthesize, advise, recommend, and express their ideas through written documents; and demonstrate good positions, attitudes, responsibility, honesty, straightforwardness, and practicality. Attention should be paid to fostering cadres dedicated to journalism, publication, culture, and art who have knowledge of party work and political work, professional skills, sensitivity to politics, and dedication to their careers; and cadres working for legal agencies, whole possess extensive and intensive knowledge, well perceive legal issues, correct positions, impartiality, objectivity, and resolve to combat crime. In addition, it is important to train cadres, working in the fields of logistics, finance, economy, production, and business, in political awareness, professional skills, stance, attitude, and responsibility for work.

To achieve the above-mentioned goals, on the basis of cadre planning at the onset of a term, every year, party executive committees at all levels must examine, supplement and associate planning with employment; follow correctly procedure to ensure democracy, publicity, solidarity, and continual inheritance, development and transition between cadre generations. Cadre planning must pursue three layers under the motto of “flexibility” and “openness”. Each title is planned to embrace two types of layers, in which the immediate layer has 2 or 3 choices and the following layer has 3 or 5 choices; age gap between layers must be at least from 3-5 years. Party executive committees should rotate cadres appropriately, especially those under the plan; continue to select some cadres at departmental and divisional levels and some promising young cadres to send to units at grass-roots level with the aim of preparing sources of leading cadres in association with positions on party executive committees in the upcoming term; enhance the quality of selecting cadres to ensure that they have enough criteria, standards and capacity to meet the requirement of required tasks at strategic levels; and strictly observe regulations on dismissing cadres from their posts in the direction of “up and down” and “in and out”, considering this as a normal operation of cadre work.

Fourth, strengthening education and training to improve comprehensive quality of cadres, in which cultivation through practical operations, learning from previous generations and seniors, and self-study serves as the shortest way to facilitate cadres’ progress and maturity. In addition, it is important to diversify types of training, and associate training in training institutions with in-service training and rotation to units. Cadre training and education must be conducted according to planning and future employment, aligning training results with selection and promotion. Current enduring appropriate solution is to continue to implement Directive 05 CT/TW of the Politburo (Tenure XII) and Directive 87-CT/QUTW of the Central Military Commission’s Standing Committee on “Stepping up studying and following Ho Chi Minh’s ideology, morality and style” in association with realising Resolution of the 4th Plenum of the Party Central Committee (Tenure XII) on Party building and the Campaign “Promoting tradition, devoting talent, deserving to be Uncle Ho’s soldiers”; strengthen inspection and supervision; and resolutely deal with demonstrations of wrongdoing in cadre work.

Fifth, paying attention to cadres’ material and spiritual life and creating favourable conditions for them to devote to their jobs. To do this requires party executive committees and commanders at all levels to comprehend thoroughly the Party’s guidelines and positions, and policies of State and the military when implementing cadre policy, then concretise these guidelines and policies to ensure conformity with characteristics and demand of missions in the Office, openness and impartiality. It is important to timely encourage, bring into play, use, and praise cadres with excellent results in study and work while strictly punishing those violating regulations; regularly perceive and timely address entanglements of thought and policies regarding military families; implement all regimes and policies regarding cadres leaving the military; and provide medical care for cadres. Additionally, party executive committees should pay attention to building strong offices and people responsible for cadre work to facilitate their work performance.

Comprehension and effective implementation of Resolution 26-NQ/TW (Tenure XII) on cadre work in each office and unit demonstrate responsibility of party executive committees, party organisations, cadres, and party members for making the GPD Office Party Committee pure and strong, and the Office comprehensive robust, deserving to be a strategic, advisory office in party work and political work for the whole military.

Major General Tran Van Vuong, Deputy Secretary of the GPD Office Party Committee,

Director of the Political Department

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