Ministry unveils reserve troop program

WEEKEND WARRIORS:Reservists are to report for two days of training a month and a seven-day annual exercise, and could receive up to 53 days’ training per year

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 21, 2016
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday announced the introduction of a short-term

Ministry of National Defense spokesman Major General Chen Chung-chi takes reporters’ questions at a news conference in Taipei yesterday, as the ministry announced the introduction of a short-term voluntary reservist program. Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

voluntary reservist program to re-enlist soldiers in a bid to maintain the armed forces’ combat readiness. It also lowered the criteria for physical fitness.

Starting next year, the ministry is to recruit people who have been discharged from military service for less than eight years on a one-year contract basis, the ministry said at a news conference.

Reservists are to be required to report for training two days each month, in addition to participating in a seven-day exercise each year, and could receive up to 53 days’ training per year, All-out Defense Mobilization Office Acting Director Major General Tsai Chung-cheng (蔡忠誠) said.

The ministry plans to recruit 123 reservists next year to serve in units in all branches of the armed forces, including an army mechanized infantry brigade, a navy underwater operations unit, the air force’s Air Defense Artillery Command, the Reserve Command and the Military Police Command.   [FULL  STORY]

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