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SPECIAL TASK FORCE TO BE FORMED TO REVIEW MILITARY SERVICE SYSTEM

2004-03-01 22:45:16

    Taipei, March 1 (CNA) The Cabinet has directed the Ministry of National Defense (MND) and the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) to form a joint task force to push for improvements to the nation's military service system, Vice Defense Minister Chen Ti-tuan said Monday.

    Addressing a ceremony to mark Conscription Day, Chen said the MND will invite experts to join the task force to study feasible measures for overhauling the military service system.

    Basically, Chen said, the MND will carry out a troop-reduction program first to cut the number of the nation's regular forces to 270,000 from the current 385,000 by 2012. "After this goal is reached, we'll then implement an enlistment-based military service system to replace the current conscription system," Chen said.

    According to the MND's plan, Chen said, the regular forces will adopt an enlistment-based service system while the reserve forces will continue to adopt a conscription-based system in the future.

(By Sofia Wu)

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