Chinas infantery




 
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March 2nd, 2005  
Corocotta
 
 

Topic: Chinas infantery


Anybody knows how many infantery troops does china have?? They must be millions!
March 2nd, 2005  
CABAL
 
 
Well, this question is very simple. Almost every person who knows the military well knows this.

According to the 1999 Statistics about the PLA service memebers, 3,000,000 minus 500,000 gives you a total of 2,500,000. By 2005, plans to further downsize the Personel Numbers is already occuring in large numbers as a result from the Modernization goals for creating more smaller, professionally trained, and technologically advanced units.

Please note that the information below is quite old and the official numbers confirmed may be underreported of past year's activities.

Source: http://www.chinatoday.com/arm/
March 2nd, 2005  
Corocotta
 
 
Thank you!! I do not know much about the military
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March 2nd, 2005  
CABAL
 
 
Well, you're welcome.
March 2nd, 2005  
Pyro
 
they still have strength in numbers but are rapidly improving in technology.
March 2nd, 2005  
A Can of Man
 
 
Basically looking at two kinds.
Smaller units with pretty high tech gear and high quality training.
Then you got the large, quantity based troops.
March 3rd, 2005  
lemontree
 
One may also include the Peoples' Armed Police (PAP), which is considered an adjunt to the PLA. They are unlike conventional police forces and can be used as infantry units.
The reduction of the earlier 118 infantry divisions to 90 divisions has taken place and the reducted manpower has been transfered to PAP. The current PAP strenght is approx 800,000.
The site below gives the Orbat of the PLA.
http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/china/.../pla-orbat.htm
PLA training in unarmed combat.
March 3rd, 2005  
Corocotta
 
 
That is a lot of people, but i guess that in war time these number could increase a lot more, isnīt it? The number of chinese males in age to join the army must be incredible....
March 3rd, 2005  
lemontree
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by staurofilakes
That is a lot of people, but i guess that in war time these number could increase a lot more, isnīt it? The number of chinese males in age to join the army must be incredible....
The militia units have not been taken into account, so you can assume that they can raise a lot of manpower during crisis.
March 3rd, 2005  
CABAL
 
 
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One may also include the Peoples' Armed Police (PAP), which is considered an adjunt to the PLA. They are unlike conventional police forces and can be used as infantry units.
The reduction of the earlier 118 infantry divisions to 90 divisions has taken place and the reducted manpower has been transfered to PAP. The current PAP strenght is approx 800,000.
The PAP is very different from the Regular Army and somewhat similar to the American SWAT team and ATF (Alcohol Tabacco and Firearm) Agency. So in this case, it's highly unlikely that they will be deployed as Infantry units. I have traveled around Southern China last year over the summer vacation and spotted PAP units serving along the ranks of the conventional police. Therefore, they do serve as regular police units as well, depending on the degree of the situation. But most of the time, they serve as back-up units.

Don't take the internet sources into account, because some of it can be inaccurate. Personally, I've seen the PAP being called in to break into Illegal Businesses, mostly existant along the border next to neighboring countries. Now of course the Army doesn't conduct this kind of activity obviously. So in my opinion, PAP is not accounted for as the total amount of Military Personel.