In a surprising move, Chinese President Xi Jinping has signed off on a set of regulations governing family planning within the country's military.
The announcement was made yesterday, September 7 via Xinhua News Agency, with the changes set to come into effect from this Sunday, September 10.
The regimented regulations, comprising a total of 33 articles, cover a range of topics, from population control to incentives for procreation and family support services.
However, what's really worth raising an eyebrow over is the military's apparent new commitment to family values. China's military brass appears to be all in on promoting family life amongst its ranks.
Not only is the military encouraging service members to embrace the joys of marriage and parenthood at the 'right' age, but it's also singing the praises of parenting skills.
In fact, under the new guidelines, a military couple can now proudly expand their family by up to three little recruits.
But wait, there's more!
The Chinese military is also introducing some rather interesting perks for new parents.
For instance, military personnel will now be entitled to extended parental leave, including childcare leave for parents who are the only children in their family.
Intriguingly, the regulations also emphasize the importance of providing comprehensive consultation, healthcare services, and technical assistance in this endeavor.
It seems that China's military is keen on supporting its troops in all aspects of family planning.
While it's not every day you hear about military forces dabbling in the art of family planning, it's worth noting that the Chinese military's latest move is reflective of broader societal trends and a desire to support its personnel in various aspects of life.
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