Biography of Vietnam Minister of National Defense Phan Van Giang: Positions & Working History

Genera Phan Van Giang was appointed Minister of National Defense at the 11th session of the 14th National Assembly on April 8, 2021. He was promoted from the rank of Senior Lieutenant General to General in July, 2021.
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Vietnam Minister of National Defense Phan Van Giang: Biography & Working History

Leaders of Ministry of National Defence get ranks promoted

Two leaders of the Ministry of National Defence were promoted to higher ranks at a ceremony chaired by State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the Presidential Place in Hanoi on July 12. 2021.

Accordingly, Minister of National Defence Phan Van Giang was promoted from the rank of Senior Lieutenant General to General, while Deputy Minister of National Defence Vu Hai San from Lieutenant General to Senior Lieutenant General.

Vietnam Minister of National Defense Phan Van Giang: Biography & Working History
State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre) hands over the promotion decisions to Minister of National Defence Phan Van Giang (R) and Deputy Minister of National Defence Vu Hai San at the ceremony (Photo: VNA)

State President Phuc, Chairman of the National Defence and Security Council and commander of the armed forces, handed over their promotion decisions to the officials at the ceremony.

Congratulating Giang and San, he said both are well trained and experienced officials who have excellently completed their assigned tasks.

Minister Giang pledged their serious and effective implementation of requests made by the State President

Phan Van Giang's Biography

Defense Minister Phan Van Giang, 61, a native of Nam Dinh province, participated in the border war in 1979 and worked at many military agencies.

Giang holds a doctoral degree in military sciences. He was a member of the Political Bureau in the 13th tenure, a member of the Party Central Committee in the 12th, 13th tenures, Senior Lieutenant General, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army.

Giang joined the army at the age of 18. He held various positions in the army before being appointed as Deputy Minister of National Defense in May 2016, reported VNN.

Awards granted to Phan Van Giang

During his career, Phan Van Giang has received a First Class Victory Medal, two Third-class Fatherland Defense Orders, and medals of the glorious soldiers, among others.

Photo: VNA
Photo: VNA

Positions & Working History

Phan Van Giang was a member of the Political Bureau in the 13th tenure, a member of the Party Central Committee in the 12th, 13th tenures, Senior Lieutenant General, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, cited VNN.

August 1978 - November 1979: A soldier of the Battalion 4, Regiment 677, Division 346 (stationed in Cao Bang Province).

December 1979 - April 1980: Study at the Culture School of Military Region 1.

May 1980 - August 1983: Join the Party (December 1982), a student of the Tank Technical Commanding School.

September 1983 - September 1984: Lieutenant, Head of Company 3, Battalion 1037, Division 312, Army Corps 1.

October 1984 - April 1986: Member of the Party Cell, Senior Lieutenant (June 1985), Vice head of Company 1 in charge of techniques, Battalion 1037, Division 312, Army Corps 1.

May 1986 - March 1989: Deputy Secretary of the Party Cell, Captain (June 1988), head of Company 1, Battalion 1037, Division 312, Army Corps 1.

April 1989 – August 1990: Deputy Commander, Chief of Staff of Battalion 1037, Division 312, Army Corps 1.

September 1990 - September 1993: Captain, Major (July 1992), a student of the Academy of Ground Forces.

October 1993 - March 1996: Major, Assistant to the General Staff, Division 312, Army Corps 1.

April 1996 – August 1997: Major, Lieutenant Colonel (August 1997), Deputy Chief of Staff of Regiment 141, Division 312, Army Corps 1.

September 1997 - November 1999: Deputy Regiment Commander - Chief of Staff of Regiment 209, Division 312, Army Corps 1 (October 1998 - June 1999: Student of the Logistics Academy).

December 1999 - July 2001: Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee, Commander of Regiment 209, Division 312, Army Corps 1.

Photo: VnExpress
Photo: VnExpress

August 2001 - May 2003: Lieutenant Colonel, Senior Lieutenant Colonel (September 2001), Deputy Chief of Staff of Division 312, Army Corps 1 (September 2001- July 2002: studying at the Academy for Defense).

June 2003 - October 2003: Deputy Head - Chief of Staff of Division 312, Army Corps 1.

November 2003 - July 2008: Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of the Division, Senior Lieutenant Colonel (9/2005), Commander of Division 312, Army Corps 1 (September 2006 - August 2007: study at the Academy for Ground Forces).

August 2008 - January 2009: Colonel, Deputy Commander of Army Corps 1.

February 2009 – May 2010: Deputy Commander - Chief of Staff of the Army Corps 1.

June 2010 - September 2011: Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of the Army Corps, Colonel, Major General (August 2010), Commander of the Army Corps 1 (September 2007 - December 2011: Post-graduate trainee at the National Defense Academy).

October 2011 – February 2014: Major General, Lieutenant General (9/2013) Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People's Army of Vietnam.

March 2014 - March 2016: Member of the 12th Party Central Committee; Member of the Central Military Commission; Lieutenant General, Commander of Military Region 1.

April 2016 - May 2016: Member of the 12th Party Central Committee; Member of the Standing Committee of the Central Military Commission, Lieutenant General, and Deputy Minister of Defense.

From May 2016: Member of the 12th Party Central Committee; Member of the Standing Committee of the Central Military Commission; Lieutenant General, Senior Lieutenant General (September 2017), Chief of Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, Deputy Minister of Defense. At the 13th National Party Congress, he was re-elected to the Party Central Committee and elected to the 13th Politburo.

April 8, 2021: At the 11th session, 14th National Assembly, he was elected as the Minister of Defense.

Vietnam Minister of National Defense Phan Van Giang: Biography & Career
Photo: VNA

Ministry of Defense

The Ministry of Defense of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is belong to the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, headed by the Minister of Defense. It has the State management function in building the all-people national defense, the People's Army and the Militia and Self-Defense Force; and at the same time is the leading organ of the People’s Army and the Militia and Self-Defense Force with the people to fight in the posture of the people’s war under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam in order to prevent, frustrate all plots, sabotage and aggression, and protect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, cited MOD.

The Ministry of National Defense is the advisery organ for the Party and State to consult on matters of national defense and military guidelines and duties in safeguarding the Homeland, exercises the State management function on national defense nationwide, organizes the work of building, managing and commanding of the VPA, the Militia and Self-Defense Force, and administers puplic services as stipulated by law. The Minister of National Defense, who directs the execution of the State management functions on national defense and military affairs as defined by law and concurrently takes on responsibilities for the organization, building and management of the armed forces, and is the highest commander of the VPA and the Militia and Self-Defense Force. The Ministry of National Defense is composed of the General Staff, the General Political Department, other general departments and their subordinates. The Ministry of National Defense decides the commission and promotion of officers to the ranks of field and company officers of the VPA.

1. To be responsible to the Government for exercising the State management function on national defense nationwide; assist the Government in building law projects, ordinances, decrees and documents guiding the implementation of laws and ordinances on defense .

2. To chair and coordinate with ministries, ministerial-level agencies, the Governmental agencies in building the State plans submitted to the Government for decision; organize, build, and manage the VPA and the Militia and Self-Defense Force in implementing national defense missions.

3. To guide, inspect, invest, and finally check the implementation of national defense missions of ministries and ministerial-level agencies, the Governmental agencies and local authorities in accordance with this Law and other legal provisions law.

Government Portal Contact

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Email: info@mod.gov.vn

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