Want China Times
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said Friday that it will seek to recruit 16,360
volunteer military soldiers in 2016, reiterating that it remains committed to shifting from conscription to an all-volunteer force.
The target for 2016 is higher than the average number of volunteer soldiers in previous years, the ministry said in a statement.
Noting its target number of 14,000 for 2015, the ministry said it had recruited 12,180 as of Sept. 17, and it expressed optimism that the target can be reached.
From 2012-2014, the ministry on average has recruited 12,345 volunteer soldiers each year, it said.
As Taiwan is shifting to an all-volunteer force, the ministry said it will continue to push for measures aimed at improving the military environment and offering incentives to attract more people to pursue a military career. [FULL STORY]