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Taiwan to introduce fines in its military

Taiwan to introduce fines in its military

Taipei, April 8 (CNA) Taiwan's military will adopt financial penalties, including pension cuts, to deter servicemen from violating its rules, the Ministry of National Defense said Wednesday, in the aftermath of high-profile security breach at a Taiwan Army base. Soldiers who are forced to retire due to inappropriate behavior will be required to pay back the money spent by the government on their training, said ministry spokesman Maj. Gen Luo Shou-he (???). In the case of servicemen who are expelled from the military after two simultaneous major demerits, their pensions will also be cut, Luo said. The stricter rules were put forth in the wake of a military scandal, in which Lt. Col. Lao Nai-cheng (???), the deputy head of a helicopter squadron in Taoyuan under the Army Aviation Special Forces Command, brought a group of people to see Taiwan's U.S.-made cutting-edge AH-64E Apache helicopters at their base in Longtan on March 29 without approval from his superiors. Among the visitors was TV hostess Janet Lee (???), who posted four photos of the tour on her Facebook page, including one of her in the chopper's cockpit, which drew public criticism of the security in Taiwan's military. It was also found that Lao, a pilot in the Army's 601st Aviation Brigade, had not returned an Apache flight helmet after a training mission last October but rather had sneaked it out to wear as part of a Halloween costume at a party at his home, according to a Defense Ministry investigation. Lao, who was given two major demerits and will be forced to retire, will however receive his full pension under the current military regulations. (By Lu Hsin-huei and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-20 17:27 GMT+08:00