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Fostering the capacity to implement resolutions for officers in command of units and agencies at military academies and colleges

The contingent of officers in command of units and agencies at military academies and colleges (hereafter commanding officers) – an important part of the command system - plays a direct role in determining the quality and effectiveness of disseminating and implementing the Party’s directives and resolutions in their units and agencies. Therefore, fostering their capacity to implement the resolution is a fundamental issue that requires appropriate guidelines and measures.

Resolution implementation is regarded as a particularly important step in the leadership process of Party committees and organisations; which brings the directions, tasks, goals, targets and measures specified in resolutions into reality. In fact, this is a difficult and complicated stage that demands great efforts and determination of the Party committees and commanders at all levels, organisations, forces as well as each cadre and party member. President Ho Chi Minh pointed out: “When there is an appropriate policy, the success or failure of that policy depends on the implementation, the selection of officers and the inspection work. If these three things are sketchy, that policy will become useless”.

The contingent of commanding officers plays a direct and decisive role in formulating and conducting the implementation of the resolution at their levels. They are responsible to their superiors for all operations of their unit, ranging from determining leadership guidelines and measures to directing, organising, inspecting the implementation of the resolution, which helps build a clean and strong party organisation, and successfully lead the task of education, training, scientific research as well as build a comprehensively strong unit.

At present, the educational and training tasks of military academies and colleges experience new developments with increasingly high requirements, thereby demanding the improvement of comprehensive leadership capacity and combat strength of party organisations to fulfil the requirement of “Improving the quality of education, training and scientific research at  military schools. Building a contingent of lecturers and educational administrators with qualifications on par with the job and training sector; well conducting the training of lecturers and scientists through practice, etc.; focusing on training commanding and management styles to meet cadets’ training objectives and requirements”. To this end, it is necessary to carry out synchronous leadership solutions which centre on fostering the commanding officers’ capacity to perform the resolution. On that basis, this article gives some proposals to improve commanding officers’ capability at military academies and colleges to conduct this important task.

Firstly, fostering the commanding officers’ capacity to propagate resolutions. This plays a crucial part in the process of implementing resolutions in order to promote collective intelligence, transform awareness and feelings into will power and action. Moreover, as party organisations at military academies and colleges consist of qualified members, it is required that, commanding officers are highly capable and creditable in propagating resolutions to subordinates. Therefore, party committees at all levels need to educate officers on political stance, military thinking, pedagogical, propagation, persuasion, and stimulation skills. When briefing the resolutions, it is necessary to clarify the content and requirements, point out the key points in resolutions, especially new issues and breakthroughs. The content must be concise and clear for party members and the masses to easily remember and understand. The foundation for resolution making must be clearly explained to help listeners grasp its appropriateness, thereby building their beliefs and determination in implementation. To make it effective, training should be done in various forms, such as: refresher courses; competitions for party cell secretaries, reporters and propagandists, etc. Simultaneously, this contingent should be proactive and self-disciplined in improving their qualifications to meet mission requirements.

Secondly, fostering commanding officers’ capacity to apply resolutions into the units’ plans and programs. This important measure will help commanding officers to successfully conduct the resolution. Therefore, it is essential to provide them with basic skills of:(1) developing plans and programs in all aspects, focusing on: monthly, quarterly, semester and school-year tasks; education and training objectives, scientific research, the target of building a comprehensively strong unit, as well as political and party work; (2) drafting documents, formulating scientific detailed plans and programs, etc. which ensure the specification of contents, objectives and targets, and (3). developing methods of assigning plans and programs to organisations, party members in the unit; direct and help them to concretize guidelines and measures into action plans. Each commanding officer must proactively consult the superiors in forming action plans and programs in accordance with both senior intentions and the unit’s reality and tasks.

Thirdly, fostering practical capacity of the commanding officers. This will help them accumulate necessary experiences, develop independence, creativity, as well as perfect and improve each individual capability. On the other hand, well performing this task in particular units contributes to equipping cadets with typical knowledge and experience (through the commanding officers’ practical activities) so that cadets can obtain and apply these skills later in their units after graduation. Therefore, the party committees at all levels should lay the emphasis on improving the practical capacity for commanding officers in implementing resolutions. First of all, importance should be attached to enhancing the knowledge, experience and methods of organising and managing the task of education and training, scientific research, building a comprehensively strong unit according to missions and responsibilities. Secondly, it is important to strengthen implementing and commanding capacity including: assigning tasks to cadres, lecturers, cadets, staff and soldiers under their authority; organising, managing, arranging forces to perform tasks within the scope of their responsibilities; as well as methods of doing specific missions. Thirdly, it is significant to imbue them with contents and experiences of Party building work, such as the leadership process of the Party cell; methods, stages, and steps in the implementation of resolutions. The central point is on the capacity of organising, directing, inspecting and supervising the implementation; detecting and solving emerging issues; summarising lessons withdrawn during the process; preparing and formulating resolutions to conduct the next missions. Fourthly, commanding officers must improve their capabilities to propagate, mobilise, educate and persuade cadres, lecturers, cadets, staff and soldiers in task performance; organise emulation movements, direct masses to develop action plans and hold activities based on functions and missions.

Fourthly, fostering the capacity to direct, guide, inspect and supervise the implementation of the resolution. It is required that commanding officers have not only logical thinking, comprehensive knowledge, etc., but also the ability to direct the implementation in practice. Therefore, party committees at all levels need to improve the contingent’s capacity of forecasting, grasping, assessing the actual situation to make decisions; managing, guiding, inspecting and supervising units’ activities; and promoting the synergy in the unit. They also need to learn how to firmly grasp developments, promptly adjust and supplement the plan to carry out the resolution to match the reality.

Besides, commanding officers need to be educated on methods to flexibly apply direct and indirect forms of inspection and supervision; combine the work of inspection and supervision of party committees with that of commanders and mass organisations. This will help reveal shortcomings and detect the units which have not well conducted resolutions, as well as promptly withdraw experience. Simultaneously, it is mandatory to closely monitor all units’ activities, grasp all operational developments, identify problems and inadequacies to supplement leadership guidelines and measures, and create favourable conditions for individuals and organisations to well perform resolutions. Inspection and supervision must become commanding officers’ routine tasks in order to immediately detect and prevent lack of examples, irresponsibility and violation in the implementation of the resolution.

Fifthly, commanding officers must actively and voluntarily study and train themselves to improve their comprehensive capacity, in order to transform theoretical thinking into capabilities of organising practical activities. This requires commanding officers to learn how to detect, grasp and handle situations in practice, exploit and bring into play the collective intelligence. Therefore, officers in charge of agencies should focus on improving the quality of consulting, proposing, guiding and organising the performance of specialised tasks. Those who lead the teaching faculties should attach importance to enhancing the quality of education and scientific research. Meanwhile, those who command cadets’ units need to improve the quality of managing and training cadets based on training objectives. To this end, the commanding officers must build up high determination, closely monitor the unit’s activities, and deal with incomplete or unsuccessful tasks; thereby, choosing effective measures to well conduct the resolution in the unit. As a result, they must constantly “self-check, self-correct” and actively immerse themselves in their work, in order to associate study with practice and theory with reality as well. This will enable them to quickly establish their leadership skills, organise and administer activities in their unit scientifically and appropriately, which contribute to improving the efficiency in the implementation of the resolution.  

Colonel PHAM HONG DUC, MA, Political Academy, Ministry of National Defence

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