It's a frequent complaint of parents telling their children to stand up straight and stop slouching. And it's hardly surprising, given that they are undergoing training in how to stand correctly.
One unusual method includes a Chinese officer ties rope around the soldiers' legs to teach them perfect posture.
500 new recruits of the Army General Jiangsu Province brigade underwent the training, with an officer meticulously checking the spine and legs for straight backs.
Wooden crosses were strapped to their backs so that their shoulders were pulled back and their necks were aligned.
Cards were placed under their chins and the soldiers had to remain stock still to keep it in place.
The card measured the exact distance of where their chin should be, so that they would all have their heads at the same angle.
Their legs were tied together so that they would learn how to stand up straight without bending their knees and strengthen their joints.
Their hands have to be so firmly pressed against their sides that officers slip a card between their hands and legs -- if the soldiers shift position or don't keep their hands pressed down, the card slips.
Good posture is believed to have a number of benefits.
Not only does it improve physical appearance, it has been praised as changing mental attitudes, curing neurotic tendencies, reducing depression and high blood pressure.
It also apparently helps symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis, improves circulation and heart function, reduces migraine attacks, improves digestion, corrects insomnia and reduces stress.