Lin-Jao was pretty much the “go to” guy for basic maintenance and decorating chores back at the base, but he’d begun to feel like a “fifth wheel” on these mountain training exercises. At least he was doing better than the guys who looked after the camels.
The decision to include the Catering Corps in the PLA’s Winter training exercise was met with disbelief and incredulity by the new cadets, right up until they were introduced to the “animal slaughter and vegetable chopping in severe weather conditions,” portion of the programme; at which point they all agreed it was “pretty cool.”
It would be fair to say that recruit Jang-Chi was disappointed when the Honor Cadet promotion went to his best friend Xi-Lao. The determination and original thought the he displayed in dealing with the situation resulted in him being awarded the vacated position and his appointment as leader in the full military honours that were granted for Xi-Lao’s funeral.
In order to cut costs and speed-up the process, the People’s Liberation Army arranged to have its “mine detecting” dogs trained in France. There was a degree of confusion in the translation of the original contract and although the returning dogs proved useless in combat situations the regular supply of truffles they dug-up was very welcome in the Officers’ Mess.
In training the new airborne division it was realised, too late, that there were not going to be enough parachutes available to complete the programme, but a “gung-ho” attitude and the use of underperforming cadets to assist in the landings meant that all turned-out well in the end.
President Xi’s decision to reduce the size of the People’s Liberation Army resulted in some hard choices when it came to dishing-out jobs to the less successful recruits, but the desired 10% reduction was achieved on the very first day of the annual marksmanship competition. The new “moving targets” element in the competition proved very popular, especially amongst the drill sergeants.