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Military Region 5 focuses on force restructuring towards elite, compact, and powerful direction

As assigned by the Ministry of National Defence to pilot the implementation of the Project on force restructuring in the Military Regions, the Party Committee and High Command of Military Region 5 (MR5) have always thoroughly grasped the resolutions, directives, and conclusions of the Politburo, the Central Military Commission (CMC), the Ministry of National Defence (MND), with attention paid to leading and directing the synchronous implementation of solutions to arrange and adjust the organisation and staffing towards “elite, compact, and powerful” direction and have achieved important results.

Building an “elite, compact, and strong” Army is a major and urgent policy that has been attached with great importance by the Party, the State, the CMC, and the MND to constantly improve the overall quality and combat power to create a solid premise for building a modern Army by 2030. Therefore, over the years, MR5’s Party Committee and High Command have thoroughly grasped, studied, and promptly implemented the Politburo and CMC’s resolutions and the MND’s plan on the organisation of the Vietnam People's Army (VPA) until 2021. Accordingly, MR5 has issued Decision No.981/QĐ-BTL on August 22nd, 2018 on establishing the Steering Committee and the working group to assist its High Command in reviewing and adjusting the organisation and staffing until 2021 and Plan No.2335/KH-BTM on September 14th, 2018 on the implementation of Decision No.2574/QĐ-BQP among agencies and units of the Region.

With prudence and democracy, MR5’s Party Committee and High Command have led and directed the Party committees and commanders of its subordinate agencies and units to strictly observe the superiors’ instructions and implement processes without skipping any steps and negatively affecting their task performance. In particular, importance has been attached to educating and unifying awareness from Party committees and commanders at all levels to each cadre and soldier to create unanimity and strong determination of all levels and forces; developing specific roadmaps and plans suitable for each type of agency and unit to ensure democracy, strictness, and efficiency. Directive documents have been sent to agencies and units for research, comments, and approval by the Party committees and commanders at all levels. The Region has also held democratic talks for leading and key cadres of the agencies. Accordingly, the Steering Committee has summed up comments from all levels, reported to MR5 leadership and submitted to its Party Committee Standing Commission, and proposed to the MND the plan for its force restructuring as prescribed. Concurrently, the Region has attached importance to well implementing ideological and policy work in restructuring; and strictly handing over, managing, and using defence facilities, assets, and land without loss or waste.

During the implementation process, despite the difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic, complicated developments of natural disasters, overlap in tasks of agencies after restructuring, inadequacies in solving problems concerning defence economic management, especially the impacts on cadres and soldiers' thoughts, thanks to the strong determination and outstanding efforts, important results have been seen in the force restructuring of the Region.

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In the coming years, to achieve the goal of building the People's Army under the Resolution of the 13th National Party Congress, the whole Army in general and MR5’s armed forces in particular need to thoroughly grasp and well implement Resolution No.05-NQ/TW issued on January 17th, 2022 by the Politburo on the organisation of the VPA in the 2021 - 2030 period and beyond; Resolution No.230-NQ/QUTW issued on April 2nd, 2022 by the Central Military Commission on the restructuring of the VPA in the 2021 - 2030 period and beyond; and the MND’s Plan for implementing Resolution No.230-NQ/QUTW. This is a regular and objective task in the Army's development. However, the force restructuring will affect the thoughts of a part of the military; meanwhile, the developments of the Covid-19 pandemic and conflicts in the world are creating obstacles to the country's economic recovery, significantly affecting the lives of cadres, employees, and soldiers, and directly impacting the leadership and direction of the performance of tasks in general, and the force restructuring of the Region in particular. In that context, MR5’s Party Committee Standing Commission and High Command have determined to focus on some key contents and solutions as follows:

Firstlystrengthening the work of education and communication to create a strong change in awareness and sense of responsibility of organisations and forces, first of all, the Party committees, Party organisations, and leading cadres at all levels regarding the force restructuring. This is a very important content that should be carried out regularly and continuously with many drastic, in-depth, and effective measures to unify awareness and promote the sense of responsibility in the implementation. The work of education and communication should create a strong and profound change in political responsibility and greater unity in leadership and command. Educational contents should focus on disseminating and clarifying the Party and CMC’s views and the superiors’ directives and guidelines on adjusting the organisation of the Army, particularly Resolution No.05-NQ/TW, Resolution No.230-NQ/QUTW, and the MND’s and Region’s plans and guidelines to highlight the necessity, urgency as well as the advantages, difficulties, and challenges of this work.

Secondlyfocusing on thoroughly implementing the ideological work in association with the policy work for cadres and professional staff, especially those in the units that are directly restructured. Accordingly, the ideological work should be paid due attention to by Party committees and commanders at all levels, and conducted one step ahead, especially in agencies and units that are directly adjusted. The Party committees and commanders at all levels should strengthen measures to master and manage the thoughts of cadres, employees, and soldiers; anticipate ideological situations that may arise when adjusting the organisation and staffing; promptly solve problems to ensure internal unity; bring into full play the role of mass organisations and Military Councils in education and implementation; and associate the ideological work with policy work in each stage and step of the process.

Thirdlypromoting the role of the Party committees, Party organisations, and key cadres at all levels in leading and directing the process. This is a decisive factor for the quality and effectiveness in each stage and step of force restructuring. Therefore, Party committees and commanders at all levels should uphold their responsibilities, research, and master the basic and core contents of the policies and decisions of the Politburo, the CMC, the MND, and the Region to disseminate, grasp, and implement to create unity and high consensus in their agencies and units. In order for the implementation to be highly effective, Party committees and organisations at all levels should adhere to the superiors’ goals and directions, develop leadership resolutions, and clearly define guidelines, plans, roadmaps, and implementation measures suitable with the actual situation. All contents concerning the arrangement and adjustment of forces should be democratically discussed by the Party committees as decentralised. Attention should be paid to leading and directing the development of plans and options for organisation and staffing in association with personnel work, policy work, management of defence budget, assets, and land, and other relevant issues; actively consolidating, perfecting, and strengthening the leadership capacity and combat power of Party committees and organisations and the quality of the contingent of cadres and Party members; setting out guidelines, tasks, and solutions to improve the operational efficiency of agencies and units after restructuring; enhancing the inspection and supervision of the Party committees, organisations, and leading cadres at all levels; and upholding the sense of responsibility, pioneering and exemplary roles of cadres and Party members.

Finallymaking a breakthrough in force restructuring of the Region towards “elite, compact, and powerful” direction. The rearrangement of forces should be associated with improving the quality of the contingent of cadres and professional staff to ensure sufficient quantity, reasonable and synchronous structure, and good quality, especially leading and presiding cadres. It is necessary to better the deployment of cadres and staff with priorities being given to units conducting combat readiness in key areas, border lines, seas, and islands. The organisation and structure of forces should comply with the requirements of the Region’s political tasks and the defensive posture of the provinces, cities, and the Region to ensure that agencies and units fulfill all regular and irregular tasks. Agencies and units should actively review and make record of documents and inventories and assess the quality of their facilities, finance, defence land, weapons, equipment, technical means, etc. to handover in a strict manner.

In each stage and step of the process, the Party committees and commanders of agencies and units should thoroughly grasp the guiding motto of perseverance, resoluteness, prudence, and democracy; promote positivity, initiative, and creativity in implementing; resolutely overcome all manifestations of subjectivity, haste, indifference, and dependence; and promote the synergy of organisations and forces, etc. thereby, contributing to building the Military Region 5’s armed forces towards “elite, compact, and powerful” direction to fulfill all assigned tasks.

Lieutenant General THAI DAI NGOC, Member of the Party Central Committee, Member of the Central Military Commission, Commander of Military Region 5

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