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Defense ministry confident of reaching recruiting target by year-end

ROC Central News Agency

2012/10/22 22:32:02

Taipei, Oct. 22 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense said Monday it has met 45.75 percent of its annual recruiting target and is on pace to reach its target by the end of the year.

The ministry said in a press release that it has recruited 7,005 volunteers as of the end of September, reaching 45.75 percent of its annual goal and is confident that it will reach its recruiting target of 13,800 people by the end of December, without explaining why.

So far, only four percent of military volunteers have withdrawn from the service this year, indicating that most enlisted personnel are content with military life, the ministry said.

Taiwan's military is currently formed by conscripts and military volunteers. Conscripts are required to perform one year of military service.

The country is scheduled to begin implementing an all-voluntary system in 2013. All Taiwanese born after 1993 will still have to receive four-months of military training.

(By Chen Pei-huang and Ann Chen)

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