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Review meeting on military discipline held after Apache scandals

Review meeting on military discipline held after Apache scandals

Taipei, April 8 (CNA) Defense Minister Kao Kuang-chi (???) called on the military Wednesday to reinforce discipline and said that "the culture of giving preferential treatment" must be eradicated. Kao made the remarks during a review meeting held by the Ministry of National Defense on military discipline, in the wake of scandals caused by the military's loose security. During the meeting, Kao urged senior military officers to reinforce education for servicemen and strengthen military discipline, according to ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he (???). Kao also stressed that "the culture of giving special treatment" among senior military officers must be halted. It is not easy to develop and maintain military discipline, Kao said, adding that the efforts will be easily derailed by scandals involving just a few who violate the regulations. The military has held review meetings over the last two days in an effort to reinforce the education of officers and enlisted men. At the center of the scandals is Lt. Col. Lao Nai-cheng (???), the deputy head of a helicopter squadron in Taoyuan under the Army Aviation Special Forces Command, who has since been removed from his post after he was found to have brought a group of people, including TV hostess Janet Lee (???), her relatives and friends, to see the Apaches at their base in Longtan March 29 without approval from his superiors. Some even boarded an Apache to take photos. The case came to light after Lee posted four photos of the tour on her Facebook page, including one of her in the chopper's cockpit, drawing media criticism of loose security in Taiwan's military. Lao, a pilot in the Army's 601st Aviation Brigade, was also found to have worn a helmet-mounted display used with the Apache attack helicopter to a Halloween costume party held at his home last October after not returning the helmet following a training mission earlier in the month, a Defense Ministry investigation found. Several Army officers were punished for the two scandals, including Lao; Lt. Gen. Chen Chien-tsai (???), commander of the Army Aviation Special Forces Command; and Maj. Gen. Chien Tsung-yuan (???), head of the 601st Aviation Brigade. Chen, who was given one minor demerit and one reprimand, and Chien, who was given three minor demerits, have both been removed from their posts, the ministry said. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-18 16:56 GMT+08:00