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Males born after 1994 to be exempt from military service (update)

Males born after 1994 to be exempt from military service (update)

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) Taiwanese males born after Jan. 1, 1994 are to be exempted from the current one-year compulsory military service, but should undergo a mandatory four-month military training period upon reaching conscription age, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Friday. MND spokesman Luo Shou-he said the four-month military training system will be implemented in 2013 when the country's military service system will change from compulsory to fully voluntary enlistment. The new measure is part of a package of amendments to the Act of Military Service System passed by the Legislative Yuan Dec. 13, Luo said.
Meanwhile, Pan Chia-yu, deputy chief of the MND's General Staff for Operations and Planning, said the mandatory four-month military training will be divided into a two-month boot camp training period and two months of specialist training.
College students aged over 18 could be allowed to undergo the mandatory four-month military training during their freshman and sophomore summer breaks or after graduation, Pan said.
Young men who were born before 1994 but who have not been called up by the time compulsory military service ends will still have to serve for a year, but will be able instead to perform alternative service in a non-military capacity during the transitional period once the relevant regulations have been relaxed, said Lee Chung-ching, deputy director-general of the Conscription Agency under the Ministry of the Interior (MOI). Meanwhile, MOI officials said that alternative service will also be gradually phased out from 2018 after the military service system has been completely changed from compulsory to voluntary enlistment. The MOI has calculated that between 50,000 and 60,000 men will become draft-eligible between 2013 and 2015. Currently, about 20,000 conscripts perform alternative service each year. Under the relaxed regulations, the Conscription Agency also plans to allow conscription-aged males to go abroad to pursue their studies before they have completed their service, which is currently not permitted, Lee added. Under a new "lean and mean" military policy, the government plan to downsize the country's armed forces from the current 275,000 personnel to 215,000 by 2014. (By Emmanuelle Tzeng, Angela Tsai and Deborah Kuo)


Updated : 2021-04-23 13:21 GMT+08:00