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Taiwanese woman to make history as West Point graduate

Army Headquarters official says Hung will be commissioned as second lieutenant in Army

Taiwanese woman to make history as West Point graduate

A Taiwan-born cadet Hung Wan-ting (洪琬婷) is expected to become Taiwan's first female to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point this month, the Ministry of National Defense said yesterday, adding that seven other Taiwanese cadets will also graduate from other U.S. military schools.
The class of 2007 at West Point will graduate and be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army on May 26 at 9 a.m. at Michie Stadium. Vice President of the United States Richard B. Cheney is scheduled to speak at the event.
Hung, who graduated from Taipei Jingmei Girls High School, one of the most prestigious senior high schools in Taiwan, said that she was attracted to the regular routine of military life when she enrolled in the R.O.C. Military Academy.
"My family supported with my decision to join the army because I told them that I had always yearned for the regular scheduled life in the military," Hung told the press in 2003.
She was one of 30 members in an English-language training program after she enrolled in the R.O.C. Military Academy. She was admitted to West Point after she passed the English proficiency exams held by the American Institute in Taiwan.
Hung told the press that she intended to focus on the subject of "missile artillery" in her studies at West Point, although she would not be allowed to specialize until her senior year.
She said that with the hi-tech warfare becoming the battlefield trend of the future, missile artillery will become more and more important.
"I would like to work in the Patriot Missile battalion after graduating from West Point," she said.
However, officials from the Office of Public Affairs under the Army Headquarters said Hung "will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army," but that there were no plans yet regarding her deployment.
MND officials said more information about Hung will be made available after her graduation.
Among the eight Taiwanese military graduates in the U.S. this year, Hung and Wu Dye-Yi, a cadet at Citadel military college in South Carolina, will become the first Taiwanese-born female graduates of their schools.
According to the Republic of China (Taiwan) Defense Mission to the United States, there are 38 cadets from Taiwan currently studying in six military academies in the U.S. There are three students in the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, three in the U.S. Naval Academy, three in the U.S. Air Force Academy, 11 in Virginia Military Institute, 11 in Citadel, and seven in Norwich University.
The first Taiwanese-born West Point graduate was Lee Wu-ling, in 2004, who majored in chemical engineering.


Updated : 2020-12-02 21:48 GMT+08:00