Na­tion­wide re­view of mil­i­tary dis­ci­pline will be staged fol­low­ing se­cu­rity lapse

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Chief of the Gen­eral Staff Gen. Yen De-fa ( ) has is­sued a di­rec­tive for a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of dis­ci­pline in the R.O.C.’s armed forces, a process that will be car­ried out na­tion­wide Tues­day.

All mil­i­tary per­son­nel on duty Tues­day are re­quired to at­tend the re­view meet­ings within their units, ac­cord­ing to Yen’s di­rec­tive, which was is­sued in the wake a se­cu­rity lapse at an Army base in Taoyuan where Apache he­li­copters are sta­tioned.

Sol­diers who are hos­pi­tal­ized will be given lec­tures on dis­ci­pline, while those who are on leave will be re­quired to at­tend fol­low-up meet­ings upon their re­turn to duty, the mil­i­tary said.

Dur­ing Tues­day’s ses­sions, the heads of all mil­i­tary de­part­ments and units will re­it­er­ate the mil­i­tary’s rules and guide­lines of in­te­rior man­age­ment, gen­der re­la­tions and in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity, and will re­view re­cent lapses in dis­ci­pline.

As part of the ef­fort to tighten dis­ci­pline, De­fense Min­is­ter Kao Kuangchi ( ) has called for dis­ci­plinary ac­tion to be taken against mil­i­tary per­son­nel who vi­o­late the rules of ethics and in­tegrity, and for them to be placed on a list for pos­si­ble ex­pul­sion from mil­i­tary ser­vice.

The di­rec­tives were is­sued af­ter it was dis­cov­ered that Apache he­li­copter pi­lot Lt. Col. Lao Nai-cheng ( ) had taken a group of 26 rel­a­tives and friends, in­clud­ing a Ja­panese man and five for­eign do­mes­tic helpers, on a tour of his base in Long­tan Dis­trict in Taoyuan on March 29.

With­out his su­pe­ri­ors’ ap­proval, Lao al­legedly gave his vis­i­tors ac­cess to a han­gar on the base that houses AH-64E Apaches, the Army’s most ad­vanced attack he­li­copter, and even al­lowed them to board one of the chop­pers and take pho­tos.

It is also al­leged that late last month, the 40-year-old pi­lot sneaked out his Apache hel­met, which is listed as a con­trolled item, and wore it to pri­vate par­ties.

The mil­i­tary pe­nal­ized Lao on April 3, is­su­ing a ma­jor de­merit and re­mov­ing him from his post as a deputy head of a he­li­copter squadron un­der the Army Spe­cial Forces Com­mand.

In an­other re­cent case, Army com­man­der Yang Chia- chih (

) , who was sta­tioned in Dongyin Is­land, was re­moved from his post last week for al­leged sex­ual ha­rass­ment of fe­male of­fi­cers.

In ad­di­tion, a com­pany com­man­der of the 8th Army Com­mand was ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment in a case that sur­faced Sun­day. Those in­ci­dents, along with al­le­ga­tions of a vol­un­teer Navy sailor go­ing on a drink­ing spree on a mil­i­tary base, have drawn public crit­i­cisms of loose mil­i­tary se­cu­rity.

The mil­i­tary’s de­ci­sion to hold the re­view on dis­ci­pline is the first such na­tion­wide ac­tion since 1949, when the Repub­lic of China gov­ern­ment re­lo­cated from main­land China to Tai­wan af­ter los­ing a civil war against com­mu­nist forces.

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