Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 21:22 (GMT+7)
The Naval Engineer Brigade 131 builds a contingent of cadres on a par with the task requirements

Grasping the Party’s resolutions on the personnel work, the Naval Engineer Brigade 131’s Party Committee and Command have determined that building a contingent of cadres acts as a determinant to making the Brigade’s Party Organisation pure and strong and the Brigade comprehensively strong and capable of all assigned missions. Hence, in the new situation, greater importance should be attached to the personnel work.

Being imbued with Uncle Ho’s teachings that “cadres are at the root of all work, “success or failure depend on good or poor cadre,” grounded on resolutions and directives by higher echelons, particularly the Navy’s Party Committee on the personnel work, the Brigade 131’s Party Committee and Command have set out many practical measures for building a pool of cadres to meet the task requirements. Based on the Resolution of its Congress, the Brigade’s Party Committee has developed the programme and supplemented the regulations for the personnel work, strictly exercised the Party’s uniformed leadership over the personnel work and the Party’s management of cadres, and maintained the principles of democratic centralism and collective decision. Due regard has been paid to reducing redundant positions and discharging cadres who have poor task performance or no chance for promotion.

A conference to announce decisions on the personnel work

In the process, the Brigade’s Party Committee has placed emphasis on key and young cadres, taken inferiors’ personnel plans as the basis for superiors’, and combined the personnel planning with the evaluation, training, and use of cadres. Consideration has been given to promoting the responsibility of party committees, commanders, and political offices for managing cadres, decentralising the management of cadres, and combined the management of cadres with the management of party members via party organisations, units, and residential areas. In the training of cadres, great value has been attached to holding in-service training courses, deploying cadres to grass-roots level units to improve their professional competence and hands-on experiences, and aligning the training of cadres with the use of cadres according to their specialities. The deployment, appointment, and arrangement of cadres have been closely directed according to strict criteria, under the regulations, thereby ensuring the quality and quantity of cadres between offices and units. Due attention has been paid to consolidating both key cadres and party committee members so as to maintain constant leadership and command. At the same time, significance has been attached to implementing policies for cadres, particularly the preferential treatment ones for special sectors and those who have life-threatening diseases as well as policies on retirement, social insurance, and health insurance. As a result, up to now, the Brigade has managed to build a contingent of cadres with sufficient quantity, good quality, and proper structure. There has been an increase in the number of cadres who hold bachelor’s degree. Basically, they have typical political qualities, healthy lifestyle, pure morality, good health, and scientific working method to fulfil their task requirements. It should be noted that political cadres and commissars have promoted their role in conducting the party and political work effectively, clearly expressed a sense of responsibility for their work, and well managed relationships, thereby contributing to enhancing the party organisations’ leadership and combativeness and the command system’s efficiency. 

Currently, the defence of national sovereignty over seas and islands imposes more demanding requirements on the Brigade. Meanwhile, its facilities and technical equipment are limited. There is a dearth of platoon-level cadres. Young cadres lack hands-on experiences and encounter difficulties in applying theory to practice. Several cadres’ professional competence, prestige, and responsibility have yet to be on a par with their task requirements.

In order to build a contingent of cadres with sufficient qualities and capabilities on a par with the task requirements, the Brigade’s Party Committee continues to render cadres, party members, especially party committee members, key cadres, and political offices fully aware of higher echelons’ resolutions and directives on the personnel work. Emphasis is placed on realising targets and measures set by the Central Military Commission’s Resolution 769-NQ/QUTW on “building a pool of cadres in the period of 2013-2020 and beyond” and resolutions and directives by the Navy’s Party Committee and the Brigade’s Party Committee on building a contingent of cadres in line with the personnel plans of the all-level party congresses for the 2020-2025 tenure. Grounded on those documents, it is necessary to encourage the all-level party committees’ responsibility for directing, counselling, proposing, and developing the personnel work relevant to each unit’s particularities under the regulations. At the same time, it is important to enhance the work of inspection and supervision in order to opportunely identify and rectify violations of the principles and procedures for the personnel work by the all-level party committees, party organisations, and commands.

Well carrying out the personnel planning and settling issues on the quantity of cadres. Party committees and party cells within the Brigade should adhere to the motto of being flexible and open, while proactively formulating the plans on commanders and managerial cadres at the beginning of their tenure in accordance with the personnel plans of their party congresses to ensure democracy, uniformity, openness, unity, constant and solid inheritance, and smooth transition between generations of cadres. Besides, it is essential to daringly include young cadres with good qualities, ability, and prestige in the personnel planning in order to fill the gap between the all-level cadres, particularly the key cadres of offices and units. With reference to the quantity of cadres, importance should be attached to synchronously adopting measures for managing the number of cadres, adjusting each group of cadres, reducing abundant positions, and improving the quality of cadres to ensure the sufficient quantity of cadres in accordance with units’ organisational structure and political task.

Based on the assessment of cadres’ task performance and the criteria for each position, offices and units should proactively ask their higher echelons to deploy, appoint, and arrange cadres properly. They should daringly recommend higher echelons to appoint young cadres with pure morality and competence as a preparatory step to turn them into key cadres to meet the task requirements in both long and short terms. At the same time, due attention should be paid to requiring higher echelons to deploy new graduate officers according to their specialities to the Brigade’s units and offices. Moreover, consideration should be given to resolutely discharging cadres who have poor task performance and prestige, or those who do not match words with action, or the ones who violate discipline or show degradation in political ideology, ethics, and lifestyle.

Great value should be attached to renewing the method of assessing cadres according to their function and task in an objective, just, democratic, open, and comprehensive manner and using units’ task performance as a yardstick for evaluating cadres. Party committees must correct assess each cadre’s task performance and align the evaluation of cadres with that of party members to avoid unspecified and inconsistent assessment of cadres. It is necessary to heighten party committees and commanders’ responsibility to correctly evaluate cadres and use the execution of the 12th Party Central Committee’s Resolution No.4 on the Party building and rectification and the 12th Politburo’s Directive 05-CT/TW on studying and emulating Ho Chi Minh’s ideology, ethics, and lifestyle as a criterion for the annual assessment of cadres. In addition, it is important to frequently take measures for settling cadres’ weaknesses and strictly implementing the Party Central Committee’s Regulation 08-QĐi/TW on cadres and party members’ role model-setting responsibility to create a significant change in the self-improvement of cadre and particularly the all-level leaders and commanders. Due regard should be paid to resolutely dealing with negative practices, bribery for job titles, partiality, and group interests in the personnel work.

Well training a contingent of cadres and improving the quality of this contingent. Party committees should frequently review the pool of cadres in order to make plans on improving their knowledge comprehensively, particularly their specialities. Importance should be attached to enhancing cadres’ political zeal, professional competence, hands-on experiences, and working method, proactively selecting and including cadres with good political qualities and professional competence at the proper ages in the personnel planning, and sending them for further education. At the same time, young cadres with great potential must be sent to study at universities both inside and outside the Military so that they could become top experts of the Brigade, particularly in researching and exploiting new weapons and technical equipment. Due attention should be paid to well conducting the policy work for cadres and their families under the Party, State, and Military’s guidelines and policies and creating a favourable condition for them to promote their strengths and potential, thereby enabling them to keep their mind on their work.

By well implementing the above-mentioned measures, party committees and organisations within the Brigade will succeed in building a contingent of “both red and expert” cadres on a par with the task requirements, greatly contributing to making the Navy regular, seasoned, modern, and capable of defending the national sovereignty over seas and islands in all situations.

Captain NGO VAN DUC, Commissar of the Naval Engineer Brigade 131

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