Taiwan military announces rule changes to reservist call-up system

02/03/2021 02:30 PM
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Taipei, Feb. 3 (CNA) Taiwan's military on Wednesday announced that beginning in 2022 it will introduce new rules governing the call up of reservists to improve the combat readiness of the country's reserve forces.

Under the new policy, call-ups will be for two weeks training rather than the current five to seven days, and can occur every year rather than two years as now, said Han Gan-ming (韓岡明), chief of the All-out Defense Mobilization Office under the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

The proposal will begin as a limited two-year trial from 2022-2023 before a full-scale launch in 2024, Han said.

Meanwhile, Han said the military is also extending the period during which reservist can be called up from a maximum of four times in eight years to four call-ups in 12 years after being discharged, starting this year, to ensure the nation has a large enough reserve force.

Currently, Taiwan has 770,000 all-male reservists and the new changes are expected to affect 3,000 of them, according to Han.

The announcement came after Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發) said last year that the ministry was taking measures to ensure the nation's military reserve force is a more reliable backup for the regular forces in protecting the country amid increased Chinese military maneuvers around Taiwan.

These measures include increasing the potential frequency and duration of each call-up, providing better equipment, and scaling up reservist training, Yen said.

At present, reservists are called up every two years for training at a military base near their residence to maintain basic combat skills.

According to the MND, reservist training includes specialty re-training, firearms training, combat training, combined training, and disaster prevention and relief training, which are necessary for combat operations and disaster relief.

(By Chen Yun-yu and Joseph Yeh)

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