China’s army will recruit 130,000 graduates from Chinese universities and colleges this winter to raise the quality of the armed forces and help solve the job crisis facing graduates.
Personal experience of graduates in the army does not encourage the writer to support the first idea. But it may help solve the job crisis. Chinese sources last month told Reuters of a plan to cut the 2.3 million-strong People’s Liberation Army by 700,000, mainly lower-skilled foot soldiers, while adding better-educated recruits able to serve in a technologically sophisticated force.
Graduates who have signed up for military service will receive a one-off rebate of up to RMB24,000 ($3,500) on college tuition fees or student loans, Xinhua said, citing the Ministry of Education.
Zhang Haoming, deputy director of the ministry’s department for college student affairs, said, "This means the state pays for university education of those servicemen."
Recruits with higher education will have a greater chance of promotion or further study at military academies. After their two-year commitment, they will enjoy preference at jobs with police and other law enforcement departments.
Reuters said a Defense Ministry survey of more than 6 million college and university graduates in July found that about 1.44 million male graduates were interested in military service. Which is totally sexist.
What about female graduates? Not only are they often brighter, but they also have the added attraction that they attract recruits.