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Defense Ministry streamlined in modernization drive

ROC Central News Agency

2012/12/31 16:45:03

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense (MND) will celebrate New Year with a streamlined and more efficient organization system that is scheduled to start Jan. 1 along with its all-volunteer military.

The move represents the biggest-ever MND organizational reforms, a ministry spokesman said Monday, adding that the country's military service personnel will drop from the current 275,000 people to 215,000 by 2015.

The reorganization also sees the six military commands -- Army Headquarters, Navy Headquarters, Air Force Headquarters, Combined Logistics Command, Armed Forces Reserve Command and Military Police Command -- combined and merged into Army Headquarters, Navy Headquarters, Air Force Headquarters and General Staff Headquarters.

The Combined Logistics Command has been integrated into the Army while the Armed Forces Reserve Command and the Military Police Command has been affiliated with the General Staff Headquarters.

The number of MND policy staff units has been adjusted from six departments and six offices to four departments and seven offices, including two new offices in charge of inspection and disciplinary affairs, the report said.

Meanwhile, the number of General Staff Headquarters units has been cut from seven offices to six, the report went on.

The reforms will help the military to 'better adjust to changes in modern forms of warfare,' said Huang Chieh-cheng, an assistant professor at the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies of Tamkang University.

'Such reforms should have been carried out a long time ago,' said ruling Kuomintang Legislator Lin Yu-fang, who serves as convener of the Legislature's Foreign and National Defense Committee.

The reorganization also means that 101 positions for general-rank officers will be cut, Lin said, a move that he said favors the management and training of military units.

'There should not be too great a number of general-rank officers in the military' because this means that generals have to compete with each other for promotions, which can lead them to be delinquent in their duties, Lin said.

(By Chen Pei-huang and Elizabeth Hsu)

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