Give me your young …

Another little nugget from the White Paper. The PLA is taking education quite seriously and they are starting early. “At present, there are 117 colleges and universities with defense students. The PLA has selected nearly 1,000 key middle schools in the various provinces and municipalities as the main sources of defense students.”

I don’t know at what stage the US military starts recruiting. I’ve always heard about campus recruiting centres, and there’s a cadet-type programme I believe. Maybe there’s an interesting contrast here that parallels the two countries’ approaches to sports training – China’s top-down forced selection, vs a freer, bottom-up US system. These are important long-run determinants of military styles and capabilities.

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