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Building the Military Region 1 Armed Forces politically strong in accordance with Uncle Ho's teachings

Viet Bac - the Military Region 1 was honored to be the place chosen by leader Ho Chi Minh and our Party as the revolutionary base and the “Resistance Capital”. That made the affection of the Viet Bac soldiers and people more closely attached to the Party and beloved Uncle Ho. Building the Military Region comprehensively strong Armed Forces, especially in politics in accordance with Uncle Ho's teachings, is a deed to show that affection.

The Military Region 1 Armed Forces was established on October 16th, 1945 on an important strategic land - the northern defensive fence of the Fatherland. Inscribed with President Ho Chi Minh’s teachings: “As Viet Bac made the Revolution successful, then the resistance war will be won by Viet Bac. I hope all people will try your best”, for the past 75 years, under the leadership and direction of the Party and State, directly the Central Military Commission, the Ministry of National Defence, despite the different names and sizes, generations of cadres and soldiers of the Military Region 1 have been always indefinitely loyal, ready to fight and sacrifice, united, active, and creative to overcome difficulties and hardship, be self-reliant, and fulfill all assigned tasks, that has built up its glorious tradition of “Loyalty, Pioneering, Unity, and Victory”. Recognising the achievements of the Military Region 1 Armed Forces, the State has awarded it one Gold Star Medal, two Ho Chi Minh Medals, three Independence Medals. Hundreds of collectives and individuals have been awarded with the title of Hero of the People's Armed Forces and multiple noble prizes.

Currently, the task of building and defending the Fatherland has developed. Besides opportunities and advantages, there are still multiple difficulties and challenges. Hostile forces are stepping up their sabotage against the country’s revolution with sophisticated and cunning conspiracies and tricks. The negative sides of the market economy and social evils are negatively affecting the soldiers’ thoughts. Imbued with Uncle Ho's teachings: “Politics is more important than military” and “Military without politics is like trees without roots, useless and harmful” and to meet the requirements of tasks in the new situation, the Military Region Party Committee and High Command have determined to focus on building the Military Region’s comprehensively strong and “Exemplary and typical” Armed Forced based on strong political construction.

Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Minister of Defence attends the Congress of the Military Region Party Committee (2020 - 2025 tenure)

First of all, to focus on reforming and improving the quality of political education and ideological orientation to building cadres and soldiers’ strong political zeal. Inscribed with Uncle Ho's teachings: “The army is strong thanks to its skillful education, sound policies, and strict disciplines”, the Military Region’s Party Committee and High Command have paid attention to leading and directing agencies and units to continue thoroughly implementing the Scheme entitled “Renovating unit political education in the new phase”. The focus is on educating the soldiers to master Marxism-Leninism, Ho Chi Minh thoughts, the Party's guidelines and views, the State's policies and laws, the Army and Military Region’s tasks, and hostile forces’ conspiracies and tricks; associating political education with legal propagation, dissemination, and education; strictly complying with the Grassroots Democracy Regulations and the Drive entitled “Promoting tradition and dedicating talents, deserving “Uncle Ho's Soldiers” in the new period, etc. At the same time, to promote the emulation and commendation work and the Determination-to-Win Emulation movement in association with the emulation drives and movements of branches and the Patriotic Emulation movement of the localities. To actively struggle against wrong views, hostility, and malicious information and prevent “self-evolution” and “self-transformation” internally; to build agencies and units with a good, healthy and rich cultural life, etc. Thereby, to build the soldiers’ strong political zeal, make them steadfast with the Party’s goals and ideals, absolutely loyal to the Party, the Fatherland, and the people, and ready to receive and fulfill all assigned tasks.

To constantly improve the leadership capacity and combat power of the Party organizations and members; to build Party organisations strong in politics, ideology, organisation, and morality. The Party committees and organizations at all levels thoroughly grasp and strictly implement resolutions and directives of the Party and Central Military Commission on the Party building work, especially the 4th Central Resolution (12th Tenure) and Conclusion No.111-KL/QUTW issued on February 12th, 2019 by the Central Military Committee Standing Commission on continuing to improve leadership capacity, combat power of grassroots Party organisations and the quality of cadres and Party members within the Army in the new phase. To attach importance to renewing leadership methods and styles; to assign personal responsibilities, especially the heads, and promote democracy at the grassroots level; to strictly abide by the principle of democratic centralism, collective leadership and individual accountability; and to regularly review, supplement, and perfect working and leadership regulations. To accelerate the implementation of Directive No.1535-CT/ĐU issued on April 13th, 2018 by the Military Region Party Committee Standing Commission on building “Four-good, three-no” Party cells. To regularly strengthen and consolidate the Party committees and organisations in accordance with the staffing and forces within the Military Region. To strengthen the management, education, training, and screening of Party members; to resolutely struggle against manifestations of political, ideological, ethical, and lifestyle degeneration, “self-evolution”, and “self-transformation”. To implement Directive No.05-CT/TW of the Politburo (the 12th Tenure), Directive No.87-CT/QUTW of the Central Military Committee Standing Commission, and regulations of the Central Executive Committee, the Politburo, the Secretariat, and Central Military Committee Standing Commission on the responsibility of setting example with the motto of “self-reflection and self-correction”, self-criticism, and criticism. Every year, 90% and above of the Party organizations and members are expected to complete well and excellently their tasks to truly be the leading and unity cores in their agencies and units.

Deeply grasping Uncle Ho thought that: “Cadres are the root of all jobs”, the Military Region has focused on building a strong contingent of cadres at all levels with reasonable quantity and structure and high quality to meet the requirements of tasks. The agencies and units have continued strictly abiding by the resolutions and directives of the Party, the Central Military Committee, the Ministry of National Defence, and the Military Region on the cadre work, particularly Resolution No.2278-NQ/ĐU issued on May 16th, 2019 by the Military Region Party Committee on “Building a contingent of cadres of the Military Region Armed Forces to meet the requirements of tasks in the new situation”. To be consistent with the principle that the Party directly and comprehensively leads the cadre work; to organize and manage the cadre contingent under the principle of democratic centralism and cadre contingent building within the overall Party building work in association with adjusting the organisation and forces in peacetime and being ready to expand when requested. To regularly review and firmly grasp the quantity and quality of cadres; and to well implement regimes and policies for cadres.

Besides, continue to renew the content and forms of the mass mobilisation and special propagation work and participate in building the strong grassroots political system; closely coordinate with the local Party committees, authorities, departments, branches, and mass organisations in economic, cultural, social development, and poverty reduction, especially in key, complex, religious, and border areas; maintain political stability and arouse the values ​​and traditional history of Viet Bac homeland. To take good care of the life of the soldiers to ensure the correct, sufficient, and timely regimes and policies for the Army and its rear. To do well the security protection work and prevent and promptly solve arising complex problems; to proactively fight and defeat the strategies of “peaceful evolution” and “de-politicisation” the Army of hostile forces to ensure that the agencies and units are always politically clean; and to lead and direct the building of strong mass organisations and military councils to operate in accordance with their functions and duties.

Honored and proud to be born in the land as the revolutionary “cradle”, the safety area, and “the Resistance Capital” - a place that is associated with the revolutionary career of the beloved leader Ho Chi Minh, the origin of historical decisions to make multiple great victories of the Vietnamese revolution, the Military Region 1 Armed Forces continue striving to be politically strong, deserving the tradition nurtured by the past generations to contribute to building and firmly defending the Fatherland in the new situation.

Lieutenant General DUONG DINH THONG, Political Commissar of the Military Region

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