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'Combat readiness month' said to resume in 2019

2018/07/29 21:26:40

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Taipei, July 29 (CNA) The military plans to revive a one-month-per-quarter military training program from next year to boost combat readiness nationwide, a source with knowledge of the matter said Sunday.

The program was suspended in 1991 because military services and units have their own training programs and missions. However, with the volatile situation in the Taiwan Strait in recent years, the military plans to revive the program to replace the existing one-week-per-month training program, according to the source.

The one-month military readiness training program, which is expected to include joint training and exercises conducted by several military units and even all three branches of armed forces, seeks to reinforce military combat training and enhance their combat capability, the source added.

With the complicated, multiple missions and different operational models of various military services, it is difficult to implement the extensive program, the source said, adding that the details of the plan are still being discussed. However, the training program will be fleshed out in July-September and a review conducted in December before a clear direction is determined.

Meanwhile, according to a United Daily News report, the military has established three special sites for missile tests in Hukou and Guanxi in northern Taiwan and Pingtung in the south and has built bombproof storage facilities for missile launch vehicles. The military has also earmarked confidential expenditure for those facilities.

The Ministry of National Defense did not confirm the report.

Lu Li-shih (呂禮詩), a former captain of the ROC Navy corvette the Chinchiang, said that with China's growing arsenal of accurate cruise missiles that allow it to threaten key aspects of Taiwan's military operations, moving missile launch vehicles to rural areas is normal.

In the face of the military threat posed by China, "mobility" is a priority in the ministry's innovative high-tech and asymmetrical military tactics designed to fend off a potential invasion by Chinese forces, a high-ranking military officer said recently.

(By Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao)