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Taiwan not planning to cut military personnel to 120,000

ROC Central News Agency

2013/06/03 16:21:02

Taipei, June 3 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday that it has no plans to cut the country's military personnel to 120,000 from the current approximately 260,000.

The MND issued the news release in rebuttal of a report by the China Times that the military will be streamlined to 120,000 and gradually move toward a purely defensive force.

'The reports are not true,' the ministry said.

The MND said the ministry is pushing for an adjustment of the structure of the defense organization and an armed forces restructuring under a streamlining program.

The number of military personnel will be cut to 215,000 by the end of 2014, according to the ministry.

A military source also pointed out that any major organizational changes will require review.

The report said that since the government started to streamline its military, the number of personnel was cut to 400,000 in 2000 from 600,000 in 1949, when Nationalist forces retreated from China to Taiwan after their defeat in a civil war.

The report also said that guard positions at some military barracks will be filled by conscripts serving alternative military service starting next year.

However, the MND rebutted that report also, saying that guards will be assigned from personnel who are in regular service.

(By Angela Tsai and Lilian Wu)

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