By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The nation’s Army personnel will be able to use smartphones in military
bases effective November 1, Kuomintang Legislator Lin Yu-fang pointed out Wednesday during legislative session in Taipei.
“The lifting of smartphone ban will benefit an estimated 38,000 active army conscripts in the next two years,” he said.
The Minister of National Defense (MND) Kao Kuang-chi said he hopes the initiative will further cover all branches of the nation’s armed forces in the future, and that the privilege to use smartphones for conscript soldiers can be completely lifted, as it was with the career military.
“There are still officers within the all-voluntary force who oppose the idea of smartphone usage in base camps,” Lin said, urging Kao to spend time to talk to his subordinates as base camp officers have been known to reprimand soldiers despite the relaxation of rules. [FULL STORY]