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The Military Region 1 sets store by training and combat readiness

Fully aware of the training and combat readiness work, the Military Region 1’s Party Committee and Command always attach great importance to performing this work comprehensively in order to make the Military Region’s armed forces capable of safeguarding the strategic area in the Homeland’s North and Northeast.

The Military Region 1 is a revolutionary base and gateway of the country both in the past and at present. Over 90% of the Military Region’s area is mountainous; its cadres and soldiers are from ethnic communities in the area, and many of them are ethnic minority people. In the Military Region’s area, there are some illegal organizations, especially the Duong Van Minh organization. The new requirements for consolidating national defence and defending the Homeland necessitate the Military Region setting store by the training and combat readiness work with more proper contents, forms and methods.

Thus, over the past years, the Military Region’s Party Committee and Command have always grasped the guidelines and new thoughts on defence-military mission by the Party, Central Military Commission (CMC), and Ministry of National Defence (MND), particularly the Resolution of the 10th Military Party Congress, the CMC’s Resolution 765-NQ/QUTW on “raising the training quality in the 2013-2020 period and beyond”. Emphasis has been placed on improving the quality of training and combat readiness and making the Military Region’s armed forces capable of regular and contingency tasks. Every year, the Military Region organizes training courses with 100% of required contents, duration, and strength under the plans/programs for its active, local, reserve, and militia and self-defence forces. 100% of training contents satisfy the requirements, and many of its units achieve the standards for “good training unit” at both military region and army-wide levels. Besides, it has maintained the combat readiness duty and absolute safety for the country and Military’s major events in the area, while attaching significance to organizing exercises for its forces in a close, safe manner. As a result, the armed forces’ combat capacity has been raised; it has prevented and successfully dealt with the situations, maintained political security and social safety, and defended its area and border sovereignty.

However, reviewing the 5-year implementation of the Resolution 765 (2013-2018), the Military Region realizes that some training contents and programs have yet to keep pace with the development of modern warfare. The work of training direction, management and operation has yet to be really scientific. Training capacity of cadres, particularly the cadres in charge of reserve units has yet to meet the task requirements. Some units’ cadres and soldiers violated discipline and had traffic accidents.

In the upcoming time, the Military Region’s tasks of building its armed forces and protecting its area will continue to develop. The hostile forces will step up their acts of sabotage with the increasingly cunning artifices. Against that backdrop, the Military Region continues to carry out the reforms in its training and combat readiness as follows.

First, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of leadership and direction over training and combat readiness. This acts as a principle, measure, and determinant to the Military Region’s training results. Thus, the party committees and commands of offices, units, and schools should render their cadres and soldiers fully aware that training and combat readiness is a central political task of a military unit, thereby building up their resolve and responsibility in the process. They should continue to elaborate the Resolution 703-NQ/ĐU by the Military Region’s Party Committee on “raising the training quality in the 2013-2020 period and beyond”, while opportunely adjusting and supplementing the training targets, requirements, contents, and measures in accordance with their offices and units’ particularities.

To that end, the Military Region’s Party Committee has determined to cultivate and improve the all-level party committees and commands’ capability in leading and directing the training and combat readiness work, and frequently review and supplement the regulations for leadership and direction so as to create the most favourable mechanism for successfully fulfilling this important work. It has focused on making a breakthrough in the criteria for building a “good training unit” and new, urgent issues on the building and operation of the armed forces within a defensive zone. At the same time, it has combined military training with political education, built up troops’ political zeal and faith in our existing materiel and combat method, resolutely overcome weaknesses and fought against the signs of fearfulness for hardships, the lowering of the targets, and the “achievement disease” during the training process. Great value has been attached to raising the quality and effectiveness of regulations on the party, political work and the Determined to Win emulation movement during the training process; to seriously executing the Resolution of the 12th Party Central Committee’s 4th Plenum in line with the studying and following of Ho Chi Minh’s ideology, ethics and lifestyle.

Second, renewing the training and education work in a comprehensive, focalized manner. To do so, the Military Region’s Staff, particularly the office in charge of operation, military training and schools should advise the Military Region’s Command on directing offices, units, and schools to comprehensively renew the training and education work in terms of training plans, contents, programs, direction, management, operation, logistics, and review. Emphasis must be placed on renewing the training contents and programs, proactively grasping higher functional offices’ direction, maintaining the smooth coordination between the Military Region’s offices in the training plans on a scientific, feasible basis. The training contents should be in line with combat reality, the opponent’s combat method, our forces’ organizational structure and existing materiel, and each area’s particularities. Greater importance should be attached to increasing night-time, manoeuvre, physical, search and rescue, forest fire prevention and control, diplomatic courtesy training and law education. Consideration should be given to combining field training with the mass mobilization work, helping the people with hunger eradication and poverty reduction and the building of new rural area, exploiting and mastering the existing weapons and equipment, especially the new ones. It is essential to continue renewing the work of training direction, management and operation on a focalized, uniformed, synchronous, effective basis and enhancing the professional competence of offices in charge of operational staff and training and cadres in charge of training at all levels, with priority given to the full-strength units, training and combat readiness, and those working in the key, border areas. At the same time, due attention should be paid to maintaining strictly the order for the work of operational staff and training, intensifying unscheduled inspections, and inspecting competent agencies prior to units so as to create a huge change in the training quality and combat readiness capability within the entire Military Region. To renew the method of training, it is necessary to make the Military Region’s armed forces strong and safeguard its area as the targets. Great value should be attached to improving troops’ experience and skills in dealing with the situations under the combat projects and closely combining combat training with the education-training work, tactical and technical training with natural disaster prevention and control, search and rescue tasks as well as training with discipline management and the building of comprehensively strong units and pure, strong party organizations. In addition, it is important to draw lessons on training in tactical-level units in order to settle weaknesses and formulate the measures to raise the training quality in the following phases.

Third, attaching importance to conducting exercises and enhancing the armed forces’ combat readiness capacity. Exercises represent the highest-level form of training with a view to improving the armed forces’ synergy, combat strength, and especially their capacity to deal with the situations. To do so, in the medium term, the Staff, particularly the office for operations should complete and put the system of electronic warfare automated command at the Military Region’s Headquarters to use. It should closely follow the higher echelons’ direction and instructions and the Military Region Commander’s intent to opportunely advise the Military Region’s Command on directing active, local, and militia and self-defence forces to make the plans for exercises with scientific approaches, diverse forms and scales, various situations, and relevance to the projects and each force’s task and area. Significance should been attached to making elaborate preparations, taking the measures to enhance the quality of exercises (defensive zone, tactical-level live fire, campaign and strategic-level joint, natural disaster prevention and control, search and rescue exercises, etc.) and ensure safety during the exercises. In the exercises, it is vital to closely cooperate with the Public Security, the Border Guard, and offices and units of the MND stationed in the areas, particularly the key areas in dealing with the situations related to terrorism and internal conversion combined with land and air invasion in the border areas. At the same time, greater weight should be added to aligning the exercises with the mobilization and reception of reservists and local means and resources in the defence mission; to enhancing the capacity to apply information technology, local party committees and authorities’ capacity to operate the mechanisms, all-level cadres’ capability in command and operations, and detachment-level units’ combat coordination. Via the exercises, offices, units, schools, and localities should continue to adjust and supplement the combat projects in accordance with reality and study and develop military arts and technologies to meet the requirements for building the armed forces and safeguarding the Military Region’s area and the Homeland’s border sovereignty and security.

Maj. Gen. Tran Van Kinh, PhD

Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Military Region

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