Thursday, December 26, 2019, 07:48 (GMT+7)
Division 395 promotes its tradition and raises its synergy and combat strength

The Infantry Division 395, whose forerunner was the Division 325B, under the Military Region 3, was founded on December 26th 1974. Over the past 45 years of construction, combat, and development, generations of its cadres and soldiers have always united in settling all difficulties and successfully fulfilling all assigned tasks, thereby building up the glorious tradition of “unity, offensive, good training, and victory.” With its achievements, the Division has been given the Second-Class Military Exploit Order, 2 Feat-of-Arms Orders (Third Class and First Class), the Third-Class Labour Order, and 3 Fatherland Protection Orders (Third Class, Second Class, and First Class) by the State as well as many other noble awards by the Government, the Ministry of National Defence (MND), and the Military Region 3.

At present, it is a full-time main unit assigned with performing the training work, maintaining combat readiness, protecting the Northeast, and conducting other missions at the request of the MND and the Military Region 3. The Division’s Party Committee and Command have synchronously taken measures for raising its synergy and combat strength and making itself capable of undertaking and successfully fulfilling the assigned task.

Educating troops on the Division’s tradition

First of all, the Division has focused on making itself politically strong as the basis for improving its synergy and combat strength. Grasping and strictly executing higher echelons’ directives and resolutions on the Party building, the Division’s Party Committee has frequently exercised leadership over the building of politically, ideologically, organisationally, and morally strong party organisations at all levels, while upholding the principle of the Party’s leadership and stringently maintaining the order and regulations for Party meeting, particularly for the issue of leadership resolutions, self-criticism, criticism, and the study of specialised topics. Importance has been attached to closely managing, educating, training, and building a contingent of party members, aligning the building of party organisations with that of offices and units, and combining the building of party members with that of cadres. In the process, the Division has also focused on executing the 12th Party Central Committee’s Resolution No.4, the 12th Politburo’s Directive 05-CT/TW on studying and emulating Ho Chi Minh’s ideology, ethics, and lifestyle, and the Campaign entitled “promote tradition, devote talent, deserve to be Uncle Ho’s soldiers.” Moreover, due attention has been paid to raising the quality of political and ideological education under the Project to “renew political education at military units in the new period,” combining basic education with regular education, and organising political and ideological education activities for troops. The Division has stepped up the emulation and commendation work and the Determination to Win Emulation Movement, with emphasis placed on performing its political mission and new, hard tasks and overcoming all weaknesses. Consideration has been given to promoting the role of the Force 47 in proactively foiling the hostile forces’ “peaceful evolution” strategy and their plots to incite “self-evolution” and “self-transformation” from within as well as to “depoliticise” and “civilise” our Military. The Division has enhanced the effectiveness of the work of internal political protection, grasped and managed its staff members’ ideology and aspirations, and opportunely dealt with the signs of subjectivity and a lack of vigilance. Doing so has enabled the Division to render its cadres and soldiers acutely aware of the hostile forces’ plots and artifices, build up their political zeal and responsibility, and make them capable of undertaking and fulfilling all assigned missions.

The Division has concentrated on improving the training quality and considered it as a measure of importance to raising its combat readiness capacity. Grasping and strictly implementing the Central Military Commission’s Resolution 280-NQ/ĐU and the Military Region 3’s Party Committee on “enhancing the training quality in the period of 2013-2020 and beyond,” the Division has renewed the work of leading, directing and operating the training task and made the content, program, organisation, and method of training and exercises relevant to its combat projects, weapons and equipment and the requirements set by hi-tech warfare. The Division’s Party Committee and Command have required offices and units to place the training work under the direct leadership and direction of party committees, commanders, and commissars. The Division has implemented the mechanism of training direction, management, and operation in a “focalised, uniformed, synchronous, and effective” manner, while clearly assigning competent offices at all levels to coordinate, direct, manage, operate, and perform the training task. Besides, it has directed its affiliates to develop their training plans and timetables, proactively make preparations for training, and particularly organise refresher courses for their cadres. It is worth noting that during training courses, all cadres must prepare lesson plans, and cadres with bad teaching methodology would be asked to deliver lectures in order to draw lessons and improve their knowledge and teaching method and style. Adhering to the motto of “basics, practicality, and thorough grasp,” units of the Division have effectively adopted models, such as “group of study” and “youth’s self-management study day and session,” so as to improve the quality of political, military, logistics, and technical training, with greater importance attached to training troops to master the existing weapons and equipment. At the same time, great value has been attached to inspecting and correctly assessing the training results. On a yearly basis, the Division has provided 100% of training programs for its troops. 80%-85% of its troops have achieved credit and distinction in the training tests. 100% of its cadres have been capable of delivering training sessions. 90% of battalion-level cadres, 80% of company-level cadres, and 70% of platoon-level cadres have gained credit and distinction in the training work. 100% of battery cadres and squad commanders have mastered weapons and equipment. The training quality has been increasingly improved. There has been a positive change in cadres’ training capacity, method and style. Detachment-level units’ capability in independent operation and combat coordination has been enhanced. Consequently, the Division’s synergy and combat strength have been raised to meet the task requirements.

Regarding training ground as battlefield and closely combining the training work with exercises, on an annual basis, the Division has directed its units to organise exercises and combat firing for infantry squads and live-firing tactical exercises for infantry platoons and companies. It has held command-office, one-side, one-level maps-based exercises and command-office, one-side, two-level field exercises as well as live firing for the battalions in charge of training second-year soldiers. Those exercises have produced good results in terms of tactics and skills and ensured the absolute safety of personnel, weapons, and equipment.

Under the spirit of “maintaining the readiness of troops and weapons for performing any task and winning victory when being deployed,” the Division has frequently taken measures for raising its combat readiness capacity to meet its task requirements. To do so, the Division’s Party Committee and Command have directed offices and units to cooperate with local party committees, authorities and armed forces in exchanging information, proactively grasping and correctly anticipating the situation to avoid passivity and opportunely develop, review, and adjust combat plans/projects in accordance with their organisational structure, area, and assigned task. At the same time, they have been required to strictly maintain the order for combat readiness, practise combat projects, and closely combine the practice of combat readiness state shift with long-distance, loaded military training marches. With the models, such as “good duty shift - exemplary post” and “routine training -  rapid movement - timeliness - effectiveness,” offices and units have encouraged their cadres and soldiers to heighten revolutionary vigilance and maintain combat readiness, while making elaborate preparations in terms of personnel and materiel for manoeuvre in the event. On inspections by the MND and the Military Region 3, the Division has been rated capable of undertaking and fulfilling the task when a situation occurs.

The Division’s Party Committee and Command have determined that standard order building and discipline management would be an important breakthrough in improving its synergy and combat strength. Following the direction by the Division’s Party Committee, offices and units have frequently strictly maintained the daily, weekly regulations, upgraded and repaired facilities, and built green, clean, scenic environment. At the same time, significance has been attached to maintaining discipline and managing troops on national holidays, days off, and in rest hours, and cooperating with localities and families in managing soldiers. Additionally, the Division has effectively executed many movements and models of discipline management in order to completely settle weaknesses and create a sense of unity within itself. As a result, cadres and soldiers of the Division have always observed the State’s law, the Military’s discipline, and their units’ regulations. The rate of normal discipline violations has been reduced to below 0.2%. Since April 2017, there has been no serious discipline violation or traffic accident within the Division. Moreover, the Division has attached great value to providing logistics and technical support for training, combat readiness, and other missions, thereby making contributions to raising its combat strength.

Being proud of its tradition and achievements, the Division 395 will continue further improving the synergy and combat power and making itself comprehensively strong and capable of meeting the task requirements in the new period.

Sr. Col. To Thanh Quyet, Commander of the Division 395

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