China's army eases curbs to draw more educated recruits

Last updated 18:40 17/06/2014

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China's military is setting its sights on better educated entrants, relaxing height, weight and vision requirements while cutting back on candidates without high school diplomas, the China Daily said on Tuesday.

China has the world's biggest military, with 2.3 million men and women in uniform, and its defence spending is second only to that of the United States.

In the past decade it has kicked off an ambitious modernisation drive, developing new weapons systems and upgrading the force.

The People's Liberation Army has lowered the minimum height requirement for recruits, raised the maximum weight limit, reduced eyesight standards and even begun taking on recruits with once-taboo tattoos, the English-language newspaper quoted the Defence Ministry's recruitment office as saying.

"Enlisting more high-quality soldiers is extremely important to building a strong and capable military," it said.

The PLA has also removed mental illnesses including schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder, as barriers to recruitment, it said.

The cities of Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing will only accept recruits with at least a high school diploma, and other regions will gradually accept fewer enlistees without diplomas, it said.

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- Reuters

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