By: Lu Hsin-huei and Lee Hsin-Yin
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 (羅紹和).
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 (勞乃成), 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. [FULL STORY]