Taiwan

Government of Taiwan delays plans to end conscription

The government of Taiwan has again post-poned plans to end conscription, because 'recruitment targets could not be met'. The Taiwanese military had originally planned to end conscription for those born after 1 January 1994 on the 1st January 2016, but this will now be moved back until at least the end of the year. The government delayed plans to move to an 'all volunteer' military in September 2013.

End of conscription in Taiwan delayed

Plans for conscription to be suspended in Taiwan have been delayed. This is due to 'recruitment difficulties'. The Ministry of Defence have apparently experienced difficulties recruiting sufficient volunteers in the past 20 months since the plan was approved the plan last year and has been forced to defer implementation.

The project was originally scheduled for completion at the end of 2014, with a formal launch at the start of 2015. It is likely to be delayed for at least one year.

Taiwan: changes to conscription imminent

Taiwanese men born after 1994 will not be drafted to serve a full year starting next year as Taipei seeks to end conscription in a shift towards building a “stronger, smaller, smarter” army. Conscripted soldiers make up around 60% of Taiwan’s military.

However, they will still be enlisted for four months of training 'until deciding on whether to pursue a military career and serve the country' – our CO Update from 2010 aptly called this move 'How not to abolish conscription'. The changes will cut the army down from 270,000 to 215,000 soldiers.

Taiwan to reduce length of military service

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Taiwan will reduce compulsory military service from one year to four months, the defence ministry said Wednesday, in what is widely seen as a first step towards scrapping conscription altogether.

Benefiting from improved ties with mainland China, the island’s young men will have to spend shorter time in uniform beginning from early 2015, after parliament passed an amendment to the conscription law late Tuesday, it said.

Taiwan: how not to abolish conscription

Taiwan claims to abolish conscription from 1 January 2015 on. However, a closer look reveals that this is not really the case. Potential conscripts born in 1994 or later would only have to undergo four months of basic military training, reports said. Those born before who had not served yet, would still be expected to serve for one year, Ministry of National Defense personnel chief Chao Ko-ta told lawmakers according to Taiwan News.

Taiwan MND to abolish alternatives to conscription in 2015

Taiwan News, Staff Writer
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2010-04-02 12:00 AM
http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=1217648&lang=eng_news...

Alternatives to compulsory military service will disappear once conscription is abolished on Jan. 1, 2015, but the wages of soldiers will rise significantly, defense officials said yesterday.

Taiwan plans to finish conscription by the end of 2014 following successive governments' measures to cut down the size of the military.

Taiwan recruitment ad hints at changes in military

TAIPEI, Oct. 28 KYODO
http://home.kyodo.co.jp/modules/fstStory/index.php?storyid=467481

A Taiwanese tank shifts into a robot that somersaults and emits a machine gun from its back. A Taiwanese fighter jet transforms into a robot as it roars by the island's iconic stadium in southern Kaohsiung. A Taiwanese warship morphs into a robot that stomps ashore and sprints.

In scenes apparently inspired by the Hollywood blockbuster ''Transformers,'' Taiwan's latest military recruitment advertisement goes all out.

Taiwan: ‘QDR’: How to prepare for war, not provoke it

By Richard Halloran

Taipei Times, Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009, Page 8
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2009/06/02/2003445104

The Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) government has launched a reform program in military affairs that is intended to rally Taiwanese to the defense of their nation, give the armed forces a clear message on fundamental changes, deter China from invading and persuade the US that Taiwan is prepared to do its part in defending itself.

Taiwan: No conscription by 2014?

China Post reported on 13 March that Taiwan is to abolish conscription by 2014. Minister of National Defense, Chen Chao-ming, announced that Taiwan's military will become an all-volunteer force within five years. Speaking to a military committee under the Legislative Yuan, Minster Chen explained that the process would commence in 2011 and by 2014 all divisions of the R.O.C. Armed Forces will be filled with career soldiers instead of conscripts. However, a more detailed look at the announcement reveals that conscription won't be abolished completely.

End of military conscription

China Post, 13 March 2009

On Monday Minister of National Defense, Chen Chao-ming, announced that Taiwan's military will become an all-volunteer force within five years. Speaking to a military committee under the Legislative Yuan, Minster Chen explained that the process would commence on 2011 and by 2014 all divisions of the R.O.C. Armed Forces will be filled with career soldiers instead of conscripts. In the future, local men will only be required to serve four months of basic military training.

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