Wednesday, December 09, 2020, 07:52 (GMT+7)
Making the provincial armed forces of Ha Tinh comprehensively strong

Fully understanding that the building of comprehensively strong provincial armed forces would lay a solid foundation for increasing their synergy and combat strength to successfully fulfil all assigned tasks, the Provincial Military Command and the Provincial Military Party Committee have always focused their leadership and direction on taking synchronous, practical, and effective measures.

Commander of the PMC inspecting and directing the settlement of flood consequences at Kim Hoa commune, Huong Son district, Ha Tinh province

Located in the Military Region 4, Ha Tinh holds a position of utmost importance to the country’s national defence and security. The province’s climate is extremely harsh and variable. Its terrain is very diverse, including plain, midland, mountain, and river. It has a coastline of over 137 kilometres and shares a 164-kilometre border with Laos. There are 8 types of religion within the province and it is amongst 15 provinces and municipalities that have the largest number of Catholics in the country. Agriculture, forestry, fishery, and cottage industry make up a main part of the province’s economy. In recent years, under all-level party committees and authorities’ leadership and management, thanks to a consensus amongst the people, the province has obtained comprehensive achievements. Its socio-economic development has been accelerated. The people’s life has been gradually improved. Defence and security have been consolidated. However, the province is still confronted with numerous difficulties as hostile forces and political opportunists always take advantage of the issues on ethnicity and religion to enhance their sabotage scheme. Besides, COVID-19 pandemic and the historic flood in October 2020 have inflicted severe damage on the province’s citizens and socio-economic development. Fully aware of advantages and difficulties, the Provincial Military Party Committee (PMPC) and the Provincial Military Command (PMC) have given advice to local party committees and authorities, while adopting measures to organise and make the provincial armed forces comprehensive strong, thereby gaining practical good results.

First of all, frequently exercise leadership and direction over the building of politically strong provincial armed forces as the basis for raising their synergy and combat power. The PMPC and the PMC have always grasped the Decision 814/QĐ-TM, dated May 24th, 2010 by Chief of the General Staff as well as resolutions, directives and plans by the Military Region 4’s Party Committee and Command on building comprehensively strong units according to the Directive 917/1999/CT-QP, dated June 22nd, 1999 by Minister of National Defence. Due attention has been paid to mastering and concretising the criteria for building comprehensively strong, “exemplary, typical” units in accordance with the practical conditions. Offices and units have been required to employ various forms and methods of political education and ideological management for cadres and soldiers of the provincial armed forces, improve their worldview, Marxist-Leninist methodology, and knowledge of Ho Chi Minh’s ideology, the Party’s guidelines, and the State’s law and policy, render them fully aware of the requirements set by the Homeland protection in the new situation, and build up their political zeal, determination, revolutionary vigilance, and unity to overcome hardships and successfully fulfil all assigned missions. As a result, in spite of dangers posed by the “Deluge” (October 2020), all cadres and soldiers have regarded natural disaster prevention and control, search and rescue as a combat task in peacetime. “Helping the people is an order from the heart,” they have always been ready for evacuating citizens and property. At the same time, great value has been attached to enhancing the Determination to Win Emulation Movement, the Campaign titled “promoting tradition, devoting talent, deserving to be Uncle Ho’s soldiers” in the new period, and the 12th Party Central Committee’s Resolution No.4 on the studying and following of Ho Chi Minh’s ideology, ethics and lifestyle. Consideration has been given to ensuring the organisational structure both qualitatively and quantitatively, raising the quality of party committees, commands, and unions at all levels, effectively using all-level cadres, and combining the construction of party committees with the building of key cadres, party members, and union members. Moreover, emphasis has been placed on maintaining regulations on the party and political work within the provincial armed forces and implementing policies properly. 

Second, closely combine training and combat readiness with military standard order building and discipline management. The PMPC and the PMC have directed offices and units to grasp the Resolution 765-NQ/QUTW, dated December 20th, 2012 by the Central Military Commission, the Training Order by the Military Region 4’s Commander, higher echelons’ plans, directives and guiding documents on training and combat readiness, the PMPC’s Resolution 386-NQ/ĐU, dated November 7th, 2013, and specialised resolutions by all-level party committees and organisations on raising the quality of training towards 2020 and beyond. Refresher courses have been effectively organised to improve cadres’ knowledge of training and management, while training courses have been sufficiently provided for the standing force, the reserve force, and the militia and self-defence force so as to meet the task requirements. Significance has been attached to applying the training viewpoints, principles and connections and organising synchronous, intensive training courses relevant to objects of struggle, situations, projects, and the provincial armed forces’ structure, functions, and tasks. Due regard has been paid to strictly maintaining regulations on duty and guard at all levels, proactively practising and inspecting projects and plans on combat readiness, staff and command exercises, and defensive zone drills, and opportunely adjusting combat projects. The militia and self-defence force and the reserve force have been built both qualitatively and quantitatively and trained under laws. Great weight has been added to cooperating with the Public Security Force, the Border Guard Force, and local authorities in grasping the situation, building political bases, particularly in the key, complex areas, proactively detecting and dealing with situations.

In addition, the PMPC and the PMC have always directed the provincial armed forces to execute the Resolution 269-NQ/ĐU, dated April 4th, 2017 and specialised resolutions by all-level party committees and organisations on “raising the quality of military standard order building and discipline management in 2017 and beyond.” All cadres and soldiers have observed the State’s law, the Military’s discipline, and localities’ regulations. All affiliated offices, units, and 13 district-level military commands have strictly maintained regulations on duty and military etiquette, while regularly constructing the system of panels according to the criteria for “standard, green, clean, and scenic” barracks. It is worth noting that the PMPC and the PMC have required all offices and units within the provincial armed forces to commit to implementing the Directive entitled “2020 - the year of discipline” by the Ministry of National Defence and other legal documents on military standard order building and discipline management. In 2020, there has been no serious violation of discipline and the rate of minor violations has been below 0.2%.

Third, effectively carry out the logistics and technical work as the basis for the provincial armed forces to fulfil all assigned tasks. Under the motto of “on-the-spot logistics support,” the PMPC and the PMC has exercised close leadership over the logistics and financial work and encouraged self-reliance to proactively mobilise all resources from the people for missions. Due attention has been paid to closely managing and effectively exploiting funding, materials, and equipment for activities and fostering animal/crop husbandry to contribute to improving troops’ life. The provincial armed forces have provided sufficient petrol and transportation services for both regular and irregular tasks, while opportunely repairing barracks and headquarters. Significance has been attached to enhancing the emulation movements, namely “the Military Logistics Branch follows Uncle Ho’s teachings,” “efficient financial management within units,” and “five-good medical units.” Offices and units have been 80%-100% self-sufficient in vegetable, 70%-80% self-sufficient in fish and meet, while the rate of healthy troops has always been over 99%. The Technical Branch has actively implemented measures to manage, exploit, and opportunely provide weapons and technical equipment for training and combat readiness. It has also ensured the quality of executing the Campaign 50 and stringently followed regulations on weapon and equipment maintenance and storage; therefore, weaponry’s technical coefficients have been K=0.92 and K=1 for regular missions and combat training respectively.

Thanks to the well-chosen breakthroughs, in many consecutive years, the provincial armed forces of Ha Tinh have been given the title of “comprehensively strong unit.” In 2020, the Military Region 4 has recommended the Ministry of National Defence to present the PMC with the Flag of Leading Unit in the “Determination to Win Emulation Movement,” while the PMPC has been rated as a typically pure, strong party organisation. Those achievements will lay a solid foundation for the provincial armed forces to successful fulfil all missions in the upcoming time. 

Sr. Col. LE HONG NHAN, Member of the Provincial Party Committee Standing Board

Commander of the PMC

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