Alternative military service plan to work at dumpling franchise mocked by netizens

National Conscription Agency: applicants will work as management trainees instead of kitchen staff

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In response to netizens’ mockery of serving the military by making dumplings, the National Conscription Agency of the Ministry of Interior revealed the company list of the Industry Reserve Substitute Service, which includes 15 restaurant franchises, indicating that applicants will work as management trainees instead of kitchen staff.

A poster of dumpling franchise Yuloong (四海遊龍) was shared and mocked by netizens for sending alternative military servicemen to work in the dumpling shops to carry out the “dumpling service.”

The Minister of the Interior Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) said Tuesday that military servicemen should not be sent to the dumpling store to work as kitchen staff but as management trainees in order to become future management talent in the food and restaurant service industry.

According to the Constitution of the Republic of China, men between the ages of 18 and 36 who were born in Taiwan or who have ever held a Taiwan passport are subject to compulsory military service. Citizens can apply for the alternative military service if they meet requirements.