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The construction of cultural environment at the Army Corps 3’s Military School

Cultural environment plays an important role in directly building and maturing the personality of revolutionary soldiers and the quality of "Uncle Ho's soldiers," contributing to making units politically strong, improving their synthesised quality and combat strength, and successfully accomplishing all assigned tasks. With the task of training cadres and technical staff for the Army Corps 3’s units, over the past years, the Military School of the Army Corps 3 has always paid attention to building a cultural environment via practical and effective solutions, thereby turning the school into a place for nurturing, training and developing the personality of revolutionary soldiers.

Troops join hands in building their barracks

To that end, the School's Party Committee and Board of Directors have focused their leadership on raising the awareness and responsibility of party committees and commanders at all levels towards the building of a cultural environment. Each agency, faculty, and unit considers the building of cultural environment an indispensable task in their activities. Then, importance has been attached to integrating the goal and criteria for the building of cultural environment into specific contents and tasks in their monthly, quarterly and annual leadership resolutions and working plans in accordance with their characteristics and task. In particular, emphasis has been placed on combining the building of cultural environment with the criteria for building clean and strong party committees, strong mass organisations and soldiers’ councils, and comprehensively strong units.

In order to facilitate the implementation process, due regard has been paid to directing the party committees and commanders at all levels to establish specific contents and criteria for building cultural units in line with units’ tasks and the contents and targets set by the “Determined to Win Emulation Movement,” the studying and following of Ho Chi Minh's ideology, morality, and lifestyle, the movement of promoting tradition, dedicating talents, and deserving the title of "Uncle Ho's soldiers" in the new period, and the movement of "All people joining hands in building cultural life." In addition, units have both adhered to directives and guidance by higher echelons and promoted their dynamism and creativity to build the cultural environment. At the same time, they have regularly rendered their officers, cadets, and soldiers fully aware of the purposes, requirements, standards, and contents for building the cultural environment, while using the results of building the cultural environment as one of the criteria for assessing the task performance of individuals and units.

The school has concentrated on building the political element of the cultural environment to create the internal strength which would enable each officer, cadet, and soldier to overcome difficulties, eliminate negative and backward thoughts, and prevent hostile and anti-cultural viewpoints from penetrating into units. Furthermore, consideration has been given to taking measures to guide actions, encourage positive factors, strengthen the confidence in the Party's leadership and socialist ideal, and raise a sense of revolutionary vigilance against the complicated developments of the situation. At the same time, attention has been paid to training cadres, soldiers and students to make a habit of self-improvement according to cultural and living standards. Doing so would help them clearly understand that building and maturing the personality of revolutionary soldiers represent a task of the Military and a demand of each soldier.

The core process of building a cultural environment within the school is to form proper behaviours. Each officer, cadet, and soldier is an independent personality in mutual-respect relationships on the basis of self-discipline and strict observance of the State law, the Military discipline, and the regulations of units. The school has focused on strengthening the military administrative reform and stringently maintained the working regulations scientifically. It has also well managed the relationships between leaders, commanders, instructors and cadets, with no manifestation of factionalism or bad behaviour. In addition, each officer, instructor and party member have heightened their pioneering and exemplary role so that they would constantly improve themselves and match their speech with actions. They have not only provided learners with knowledge and skills, but also equipped their cadets with values ​​and moral standards of "Uncle Ho's soldiers." Staff members of the school have always upheld the 12 discipline rules and 12 Oaths of Honour, and in their daily life, they have behaved in a sincere, open, civilised, and polite manner with one another and with the people. Importance has been attached to forming positive public opinion to fight against all negative manifestations and backward and wrong thoughts within the school. At the same time, attention has been paid to satisfactorily solving problems and emotional issues arising in the daily life of each officer, cadet, and soldier. Violations the military discipline and units’ regulations have been handled promptly, publicly and transparently. As a result, all staff members of the school have always supported the right and criticised negative manifestations and actions against military manners and national good cultural values.

Additionally, consideration has been given to regularly building a good, healthy and rich cultural and spiritual life. The school has maintained the regulations and standards of cultural and spiritual life for troops according to the Circular 104/2014/TT-BQP, dated August 13th, 2014 by the Ministry of National Defence, while promoting internal resources within itself. Due regard has been paid to well organising cultural and sports activities by commanders at all levels. Special events, such as collective birthday celebration, fellows’ farewell party, youth forum have been held in a warm atmosphere and healthy manner. Legal and traditional knowledge and excellent propagandist contests have been organised to create a joyful atmosphere and bring about practical educational outcomes. The school has also encouraged its personnel to participate in cultural activities held by local authority and the Corps, thereby making contributions to establishing a healthy cultural and spiritual life for officers, cadets and soldiers.

Closely combining funds allocated by higher echelons with its own resources, over the years, the school has concentrated investments on building standard, green, clean, and beautiful barracks. In addition to the allocated funds, the school has brought into play a sense of self-reliance and solidarity and overcome difficulties to improve its barracks and overall landscape. Facilities, such as the youth barber’s, swimming pool, internet room, library, traditional room, and Ho Chi Minh hall have been upgraded to effectively satisfy the cultural and spiritual demands of officers, cadets and soldiers of the school.

Moreover, the internal roads, barracks, and classrooms have been newly built and renovated, hundreds of bonsai pots have been placed, and tens of thousands of square meters of grass have been planted, which has helped create a spacious, clean and beautiful landscape within the school.

The system of boards, panels, posters, banners, and slogans have been repaired, renewed and arranged in an appropriate, uniform manner, making contributions to encouraging troops to successfully fulfil their task. Troops within the school have been required to carefully preserve and effectively, sustainably use the facilities. In the contest of “standard, green, clean and beautiful barracks" organised by the Corps, the school has always remained on top.

Understanding that the school’s cultural environment is closely associated with and influenced by the socio-cultural environment, directly the cultural environment in the locality where the school is stationed, it has placed emphasis on proactively and actively cooperating with local authority and organisations in building a healthy cultural environment, while closely linking the campaign of building "units with good cultural environment" with the movement of "the whole people participating in building the cultural life." As a result, the school's cultural environment has been diversified in contents and forms of operation, enabling its troops to absorb more good cultural values of the locality to enrich their knowledge. At the same time, the school’s agencies, faculties, and units have been directed to proactively work with the local authority to support Vietnamese Heroic Mothers, provide assistance for families with meritorious service to the revolution and households in difficulty, and hold exchange programmes, forums, and seminars, thus making contributions to encouraging locals to comply with guidelines of the Party, policies and laws of the State, upholding traditional cultural and ethical values ​, and consolidating the solidarity between the people and the Army.

Since 2015, the school has mobilised resources and made donations to the funds of "gratitude" and "for the poor", while giving financial assistance to victims of Agent Orange and natural disasters, with the total amount of over 600 million VND (about 27,000 USD). Moreover, it has spent thousands of working days on helping the people overcome the consequences of natural disasters, repair public facilities, build houses of gratitude and houses of comradeship in order to provide beneficiaries with accommodations and uphold the national tradition of “remembering the source when drinking water.”

When being dispatched to participate in party meetings at their residential areas, many party members have actively advised local party committees and authorities on policies and measures to build a healthy cultural environment and fight against social evils. 100% of the military households have been awarded the title of “Cultural family.” The outcome recorded in building the cultural environment has added an incentive to the school's completion of its assigned tasks. As a result, for three consecutive years (2017, 2018, 2019), the school was given the flag of the “Determined to Win Emulation Movement” by the Prime Minister, while the Ministry of National Defence and the Corps’ Command presented it with the flag of Outstanding Unit for the 5-year period (2015 - 2020).

The task development is imposing more demanding requirements on the construction of cultural environment. Promoting the attained results, the Army Corps 3’s Military School will continue to achieve a reform and promote the building of a cultural environment as the basis for building a "regular", "exemplary" school capable of successfully accomplishing all assigned tasks.

Sr. Col. DO VAN NGOC, the School’s Commissar

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