De­fense Min­istry can­cels plan to end con­scrip­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense (MND, ) an­nounced last night that it would not be able to end con­scrip­tion as sched­uled.

In the bid to phase into an all-vol­un­teer sys­tem, the R.O.C. Armed Forces had planned to end com­pul­sory mil­i­tary ser­vice for men born be­fore Jan. 1, 1994 start­ing from Jan. 1, 2016.

In­stead of per­form­ing one year of com­pul­sory mil­i­tary ser­vice, men born be­fore 1994 would be re­quired to serve a year of al­ter­na­tive ser­vice.

In a press state­ment re­leased late yesterday, the De­fense Min­istry said it would not be able to phase out mil­i­tary con­scrip­tion for the pre-1994 co­hort as sched­uled.

Next year, the armed forces will con­script ap­prox­i­mately 23,100 men from the pre-1994 co­hort to meet de­fense needs, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

The min­istry said the de­ci­sion has been ap­proved by the Cab­i­net.

Con­scrip­tion is needed to cope with cur­rent en­emy threats, ris­ing ten­sions in the re­gion, the need for high com­bat- readi­ness of mil­i­tary forces, dis­as­ter re­lief and other emer­gen­cies, the state­ment con­tin­ued.

Af­ter care­ful as­sess­ment, the min­istry de­ter­mined that it is not on track to meet re­cruit­ment goals in 2015 de­spite “sig­nif­i­cant growth” in vol­un­tary en­list­ment, it stated.

The min­istry stressed that men born af­ter Jan. 1, 1994 are to re­main ex­empt from com­pul­sory mil­i­tary ser­vice and would be re­quired to un­dergo four months of mil­i­tary train­ing in­stead.

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