Chinese military to recruit twice a year since 2021

BEIJING, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) — China’s military will shift its conscription from once a year to twice a year, starting from 2021, a military spokesperson said at a press conference Thursday.

Approved by the State Council and the Central Military Commission, recruitment for the first half of the year will run from Feb. 20 to March 31, and the recruitment for the second half will run from Aug. 15 to Sep. 30, said Wu Qian, the spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense.

The recruits will be mainly selected from college students, especially those majoring in science and engineering, Wu said, noting that applicants can sign up at for more information.

China planned to start recruiting twice a year for the armed forces from 2020, however, the recruitment in the first half of last year was postponed according to the country’s COVID-19 prevention measures and was combined with that of the second half.

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