NEW WAY:The Ma administration’s limit of only having seven generals serving in the military has already been exceeded under the new government, an official said
Date: Jun 20, 2016
By Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer
President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) list of approved promotions for major generals and lieutenant generals might exceed the limit that the Ministry of National Defense (MND) has come to expect under former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), a source at the ministry said.
The military promotes qualifying officers to major general and lieutenant general every six months, and its list for the second half of this year has seven people earmarked for promotion to lieutenant general and 31 to major general, the source said.
The source cited military officials as saying that under the Tsai administration, the Ma administration’s limits have already been exceeded, with eight generals serving in the military, while the cap was seven under Ma’s administration.
The Ma administration put a limit on total promotions, with 27 to 30 being the range for half-yearly promotions to major general and lieutenant general, the source said, adding that over the past five years the Ma administration kept to its self-imposed range of promotions. [FULL STORY]