By: Lu Hsin-hui and Lilian Wu
Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense (MND) defended on Monday the
way it equips military personnel after being accused of not caring about providing gear that performs up to expectations.
The ministry said the equipment it provides is based on actual needs and follows set procurement procedures, and military officers and servicemen are required to wear uniformed outfits for combat identification and to maintain military discipline.
Military officers and servicemen are also prohibited from buying their own equipment, it said.
The MND was responding to media reports that Hsu Cheng-yi (許誠宜), a squadron head of the Marine amphibious reconnaissance and patrol unit, bought his own gear, including an anti-bullet helmet and vest, for a recent military exercise. [FULL STORY]