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Senior PLA officers serving as privates--morale booster?

Xi Jinping is following Mao's 1958 tactic of sending senior military officers to the front lines to live among the people and get a sense of what it's like. Xi's marching orders are meant to curb corruption and boost morale and discipline. South China Morning Post summarizes it this way:

It [the directive] dictates that officers with the rank of lieutenant-colonel or above must serve as privates - the lowest-ranking soldier - for not less than 15 days. Generals and officers will have to live, eat and serve with junior soldiers during the period.
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