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Taiwan MND plans new military disciplinary reforms

Ministry of National Defense will implement widespread disciplinary reforms by end of December

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Taiwanese soldiers marching.

Taiwanese soldiers marching. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of National Defense (MND) stated on Sunday (Oct. 18) that in order to continue implementing discipline requirements and improving the quality of personnel, the military is planning a reform initiative.

MND Spokesperson Shih Shun-wen (史順文) said that the military will conduct a comprehensive review of current regulations and later formulate a disciplinary reform plan. He added that the military is working toward being able to provide effective disaster relief during peacetime in addition to fighting during wartime, CNA reported.

Shih pointed out that the disciplinary plan is still in the trial stage, which will last until December, and that after hearing the opinions of various military units and discussing the efficacy of the trial, the initiative will be implemented on a large scale. Troops at all levels will be required to follow the new regulations.

According to media reports, the plan comprises the most stringent set of reforms the military has ever put in place. A soldier who commits two major mistakes will be immediately transferred, and discharge procedures will be initiated.

In addition, personnel who score below a "C" in their annual performance review will be discharged within seven days.