Peng Dehuai, Minister of National Defense and General Yang Chengwu remained parade commander and director respectively at the 10th National Day military parade.
At the National Day military parade of 1958, the most striking division was the one formed by the cadets from military colleges. It is a law for army construction that military colleges should be established first so as to run the armed forces. After New China was founded, the development of PLA military colleges entered a golden age. In June of 1950, based on the military colleges built during the war years, the Central Military Commission decided to construct and renovate a batch of military colleges to meet the needs of training talents for modern wars.
In the 1950s, the PLA established a complete military college system including commanding colleges, political colleges, logistical colleges and other colleges specializing in certain technologies. This greatly improved the all-round military and political quality of commanders at all levels, and vigorously promoted the revolutionization, modernization and regularization of the PLA. In 1958, the number of cadets studying at military colleges increased 16 fold compared to that in 1949. The divisions formed by the cadets added glory to this parade, and their high spirits, gallant appearance and strong, vigorous strides and excellent qualification won commendation from the Chinese people.
(China.org.cn, CCTV August 13, 2009)