China’s defense officials is eyeing that a near potential military confrontation is inevitable with the United States, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam and other claimants of the Spratly Islands.

In order to counter and strengthen China’s military, the People’s Liberation Army Navy has recently recalled all its non-commissioned officers who have retired over the last two years back into service.

Sources close to the PLA Navy said that the order was passed to the retired non-commissioned officers in two ways. They were either informed by the political bureaus of their original naval units or the local People’s Armed Forces Departments.

According to June 17 report published by Duowei News, a media outlet operated by overseas Chinese. One of the reasons they are being recalled is that the PLA Navy needs more personnel to operate the new warships it has commissioned in recent years. A retired officer told Duowei News.


However, Duowei sources said the primary reason the PLA Navy recalled the officers is to prepare for a possible war with the United States and other claimants of the West Philippine Sea.

In the past few years, China has commissioned new warships in massive numbers. With so many new warships ready for service, non-commissioned officers become very important as they are the ones with the technical experiences to operate the vessels.

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By: Leu Chan 陸慷

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