8th Army Corps Command Issues Press Statement on “Improper Discipline and Sexual Harassment Perpetrated by Major of the 564th Armor Brigade”
The 8th Army Corps Command expressed today (12th) that, regarding the report on the improper discipline and sexual harassment perpetrated by a Major, surnamed Chow, of the 564th Armor Brigade, the unit had promptly launched an administrative investigation and called for a disciplinary hearing after receiving the report. Regarding the inappropriate disciplinary actions, the perpetrator will receive punishment of two demerit points and transfer to other unit. In addition, a “Sexual Harassment Complaint Handling Committee” was established. The sexual harassment was verified after review, and the perpetrator received a punishment of one major demerit point, as well as disqualification from military service by April 16, 2017.
The 8th Army Corps Command will respect the judicial ruling, and the case will be made into a case study to strengthen education and reinforce the correct concepts of appropriate discipline so as to ensure military discipline and prevent similar incidents from recurring.
Ministry of National Defense Issues Press Statement on the Continued Support of the Military in the Rescue Mission of the Taiwanese Fishing Boat “Jin-Rui-Yi 88” (December 11th, 2016)
The Ministry of National Defense expressed today (11th) that, regarding the capsize accident of the Taiwanese fishing boat “Jin-Rui-Yi 88” north of Shimen earlier, only 1 Chinese worker out of the 8-man crew, including the captain, was rescued by other boats while the remaining 7 crew members were still missing.
The Ministry of National Defense indicated that, the military would be deploying 2 S-70C helicopters, 7 military personnel from the 3rd Operation Team of the Navy Underwater Operation Unit, and 1 vehicle to assist in the rescue operations. The deployed units arrived on scene at 0829 hours and conducted an evaluation together with the Coast Guard. As the weather conditions have yet to reach safe standards, the deployed units remained on standby for the rescue operation. At 1006 hours, the Underwater Operation Unit and Coast Guard personnel began the operations to cut up the boat. At 1051 hours, a worker of Chinese nationality was found and rescued (conscious and transferred for medical treatment). At 1417, a body (Taiwanese) was found while 5 others remained missing.
The Ministry of National Defense further indicated that, as of December 10, the military has deployed a total of 5 helicopters, 14 Navy Underwater Operation Unit personnel, and 2 vehicles to support the rescue operations.
The Ministry of National Defense stressed that, regarding the capsize accident of the fishing boat “Jin-Rui-Yi 88”, the military will support the Comprehensive Rescue Plan of the National Rescue Command Center and continue to deploy 2 S-70C helicopters to assist in the rescue in the hopes of completing the rescue mission within the Golden Hour.
MND releases news reference material, expounding “Tentative Program for Reservists who voluntarily serve in the military camp” and “Tentative Program for three standards for basic physical trainings and tests”(December 20, 2016)
Reference Material of the third regular press conference of December 2016 of MND
1. Tentative Program for Reservists who voluntarily serve in the military camp
Due to the transformation of the system of military service, the standing forces are composed of voluntary persons in active forces, the retired voluntary reservists increased. Those are specialized in military affairs, quite different from serving in private companies. In order to improve the efficiency of military personnel and save the costs of training, the Ministry is currently promoting the projects of encouraging reservists to voluntarily serve as “holiday warriors” in the military camp. By convene training, the reservists mobilization momentum is gathered to achieve the objective of “few soldiers are raised in peace time, but enough soldiers may be mobilized in war time.”
(2) Tentative Program
Modernized war is characterized by “short early warning time and fast battle tempo. In order for reservists to keep touch with battle skill in peace time and be capable of paying due regard to their own post-retirement career, and in order to form a force immediately so as to meet the practical needs of war, the Ministry has planned to implement the existing practice of military convene training based on the willingness of reservists in 2017. In so doing, the Ministry will accumulate experience and therefore it may proceed and improve the practice in the future.
A. Ways of Registration:
From now on, reservists who meet the qualifications may fill out the application (as attached) and submit the application to the Armed Forces Reserve Commands located in any county or city; after being examined, the application will be subject to approval by each Command. Furthermore, reservists who have not yet retired from his military camp may also submit applications to his affiliated group.
Volunteer reservists who have been retired within eight years and who possess high-intermediate expertise, and active volunteers who have applied for retirement. The priority will be their original camp/force or the similar camps.
C. Requirements and qualification:
a. Nationality: applicants should possess ROC citizenship, and he should not possess other citizenship.
b. physical strength condition: applicants should be qualified for at least NO. 1 or NO. 2 as stipulated in the “Operating Procedure for classification of physical strength for military personnel”.
c. performance: applicants should get at least A degree in working performance within one to three years before he retires from the camp.
d. morality: applicants should never receive jail sentence, detention, rehabilitative Measures or compulsory rehabilitation.
D. Days in Camp:
The project of reservists voluntarily serving in the camp short-term will be carried out on a trial basis in 2017. In principle, the total time spent in the camp annually will be 29 days with “two days in the camp every month; a seven-day drill”. However, if there is mission requirement by the force/camp, subject to approval by the reservists, the force may increase or decrease total days in the camp.
E. Time in the camp:
Reservists will stay at the camp from 8AM to 5PM each day when he enters in the camp (he should comply with the regular hours of the force), and do not sleep at the camp/dorm in principle, except for those who live at a longer distance. As for the seven-day drill, he should spend his time in the camp from 8AM of the day he enters the camp to 5PM of the day he leaves, and should sleep at the camp; during this period, he should follow and comply with the drill tasks and regular hours of the force.
F. Order issuance for Convene Training:
Armed Forces Reserve Command in each county or city may issue order for convene trainings ten days before the Convene Day (reservists may provide the designated correspondence address instead of permanent address). In the meantime, the camp will notify the soldier of the date with telephone, text message, and communication software. Reservists may have official leave pursuant to Article 43 of Act of Military Service System in order to serve in the camp.
The objective is to restore his expertise and battle skills. The schedule for trainings will be formulated according to station trainings, operational readiness training, base trainings and annual significant drills. It will adopt the approach of “training by doing” and work together to facilitate the preparation work for mobilization.
H. alteration of identity:
Reservists who are under convene training are deemed as soldier in service. They are entitled to relevant rights and have relevant obligations, have to abide by relevant laws and regulations, and have the responsibility of protecting confidential information regarding public affairs for his life. Besides, reservists may not leave for mainland China during service in the military; reservists will not be banned from leaving for mainland China when he is not serving in the camp.
I. Exit Mechanism:
Reservists will not be eligible to serve in the camp if he does not meet physical requirements, fails to attend the convene trainings more than 3 times, uses drug, violates laws or leaves for mainland China during the period he is in the camp. The Command will no longer issue convene training to him, and he may not apply for voluntarily serving in the camp.
The daily salary for them is the same as the voluntary soldier in service. They are also entitled to enjoy transportation fare, meal missing allowance insurance and compensation benefits/pension.
(3)Overview of implementation
Reservists who apply for voluntarily short-term military service will be first arranged to join the units listed in the following table. Other forces may also be considered to be the units when over 5 persons apply for joining the units.
B. Date for entrance in the camp:
The schedule will be arranged by the force that issues order of convene trainings. Currently, there are two kinds of entrance day: Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday, Sunday; their actual entrance date depends on the date of the order of convene trainings. As for the seven-day drill, the entrance date will be arranged by the force that issues order of convene training.
The system for reservists to voluntarily serve in the camp will be verified on trial basis in 2017. The Ministry of National Defense encourages reservists to actively participate in national defense affairs, pave the foundation for all-out defense, and jointly defend national security. The Ministry will examine relevant measures and revise regulations in the hope of making the system more suitable for our country and further enhance the capability and readiness of our military.
2.Tentative Program for three standards for basic physical trainings and tests
A. Since 2008, the army has established three basic physical strength tests (sit-ups, push-ups and 3000 meters running) and various alternative items. The ratio for eligibility has increased to 88.5% in 2016, up from 28.1% in 2009. The implementation has borne fruit.
B. Since the implementation of basic physical trainings and tests, the Ministry has collected the failure cases and analyzed their type of work and working environments. Among other, those who serve in the fleets, hospital or aged have more room for improvement due to the characteristics, working environments and physical conditions. Besides, since its implementation in 2010, some soldiers have gotten injured due to physical activities, self-trainings and tests. In order to lower the ratio of injuries, the Ministry has reviewed and revised the standards for various ages.
(2) Comparison of the revised standards for trainings and tests
A. After analyzing the 1.5 million tests and referring to standards of various countries, the Ministry has reviewed and adjusted the standards with adjusting age bracket from 4 years to 5 years.
B. after revising the standards, the ratio of injuries is expected to decrease
(3) Explanation for revisions
A. The Ministry has formulated different trainings items according to different tasks of different force. The basic physical strength trainings is listed as requirement, which aims to strengthen physical strength, stamina and perseverance. The adjustment of the standards is aimed to lower the ratio of injuries so as to facilitate the implementation of battle trainings.
B. The adjustment of standards for physical trainings and tests is not to reduce or weaken the strength of trainings; instead, this move is aimed to raise the willingness of soldiers to receive trainings on the safety basis, foster sports culture so as to effectively enhance the battle capability of our military.
C. The standards will be examined based on the physical strength and conditions of various ages of the army, and adjusted based on the medical, sports and scientific analysis, not just tailored for the aged.
D. The test for sit-ups, push-ups will be conducted using the current method. As for 3000 meter running, soldiers may choose any of these four methods: 3000 meter running, 5 kilometer hiking, 800 meter swimming, or 5 minutes rope skipping.
E. Soldiers who pass the test in station of physical strength test, base trainings or commands may be absolved from tests within one year.
F. The adjusted standards will be implemented on a trial basis for a year starting January 1, 2017. The standards will be regularly adjusted according to the conclusions from the results of tests, questionnaires and survey and research analysis.
Soldiers are responsible for defending country and people. Considering “health management”, the implementation of physical strength training is aimed to effectively lower the ratio of injuries by encouraging soldiers to get into the habit of doing exercise and fitness trainings under multi-way, simple, and convenient circumstances of examinations in the hope of further fostering the sports culture. The Ministry of National Defense will carry out physical strength trainings in a steady way. The Ministry calls for support and encouragement.
Air Command releases press and expounds the case of“F-16 Jet Fighter forced landing”(December 19, 2016)
The Air Command said on December 19 that the F-16 jet fighter (NO. 6645), which belongs to Chia-yi base, on its routine training that began at 10:14 AM, was forced to land on the Ching-Chuan-Kang Air Base at 11:28 AM according to standard operating procedure because the warning sign lit. Currently, soldiers and the jet fighter are secure, and the jet fighter is under examining and investigation.
Dongyin Area Command releases press responding to the “unduly behavior by Dongyin soldiers”
Regarding news reports that “a Dongyin soldier was stripped off pants by colleagues”, the Dongyin Area Command has said on December 17 that the Ministry of National Defense has established an ad hoc group for investigation upon being reported, and that the Ministry will address this issues based on the principle of justice and fairness, take this case seriously, hold relevant persons accountable and bring the case to justice.
Dongyin Area Command pointed out that its affiliating soldier Mr. Pan and other five retired soldiers were suspected of frolic in the camp in March this year, and the process was filmed and transmitted through smart phone; after ascertaining the facts by interviewing the soldiers of that unit and retirees, it finds that those six colleagues get along, and that there is no such thing as bullying colleagues.
Dongyin Area Command has stressed that those frolic behavior did not hurt the party’s minds and body, however, those behaviors are inappropriate and has done harm to the image and honor of the agency. Therefore, the Ministry will hold relevant persons and cadres accountable and responsible; besides, it will improve the internal management and information security management so as to avoid the recurrence of similar cases.
Tenth Army Command releases press and expounds the case of “former colonel Mr. Chung convicted of sex harassment in 2015”
Regarding the reports of “former colonel Mr. Chung convicted of sex harassment in 2015”, the 10th Army Command said on December 14 that it has established an ad hoc group for investigation upon receiving reports and has removed both parties from their current posts. The Taichung District Court has convicted Mr. Chung and awarded him 8-month jail sentence. The Ministry of National Defense says it respects the results of judicial process.
The 10th Army Command stressed that this case has been cited as an example, and it will reinforce the legal and disciplinary education and the awareness among soldiers of gender equality, so as to prevent similar cases from happening.
Ministry of National Defense Issues Press Statement on “2016 National Defense Educational Trip –Redwood Military Base, Yilan Open Day” and “Ceremonial Uniform and Accessories Identification Plan for Volunteer Military Personnel” (December 13th, 2016
Time: 1000 Hours on December 13, 2016
- Major General Li Rong-Hua, Chief of Staff of the 6th Army Corps Command
- Colonel Zhang Da-Wei, Director of Political Warfare, Lanyang Command, Army
- Major General Fu Zheng-Rong, Director of Human Resources, Division of Resources, Ministry of National Defense
- Major General Chow Yi-Hsin, Director of Logistics Management, Office of Deputy Chief of Staff of Logistics, Ministry of National Defense
- Major General Zhong Shu-Ming, Director of Joint Combat Operations, Office of Combat Planning, Ministry of National Defense
- Major General Wang Shao-Hua, Director of Joint Intelligence and Research Center, Office of Deputy Chief of Staff of Intelligence, Ministry of National Defense
- Colonel Fang Zong-Tai, Deputy Director of Human Resources and Logistics, Office of Deputy Chief of Staff of Human Resources, Ministry of National Defense
- Colonel Qiu Zhi-Feng, Deputy Director of Military Training, Office of Deputy Chief of Staff of Training, Ministry of National Defense
Army Logistics Command Issues Press Statement to Clarify the Media Report on “Department of Environmental Protection Levies Heavy Fine on Military Oil Leakage in Keelung Harbor”
Regarding the media report on “Department of Environmental Protection Levies Heavy Fine on Military Oil Leakage in Keelung Harbor”, the Army Logistics Command expressed today (6th) that, starting from December 1st, the military has actively cooperated with the relevant authorities of Keelung City Government to conduct oil reclamation operations in the pipelines and box culverts to handle the oil pollution in Hsu-Chuan River. As for the fine for environmental pollution, the military shall comply with the relevant environmental protection regulations.
The Army Logistics Command indicated that, regarding the removal of old abandoned pipeline, subsequent operations will be conducted in conjunction with the overall planning of the Keelung Harbor Expansion Project and budgets will be allocated for the removal of the old pipelines to address the concerns of the public.
Army Education, Training and Doctrine Development Command Issues Press Statement to Clarify the Incident of “Strict Punishment for Military Official Violation of Gender Regulations in Military Base to Reinforce Education on Discipline”
The Army Education, Training and Doctrine Development Command expressed yesterday (6th) that, after receiving report that a Major, surnamed Liao, of the military unit was involved in indecent relationships, the military had immediately launched an administrative investigation, which verified the truth of the report. A disciplinary hearing was conducted in compliance with “Armed Forces Punishment Act” and the hearing panel resolution has meted out two major demerit points as punishment, as well as reviewed disqualification from military service.
The Army Education, Training and Doctrine Development Command expressed its regret and apologies that one of its personnel was unable to cherish his personal reputation and behave with self-respect. The Command will continue to strengthen education of military discipline and regulation, and ensure that military personnel will abide by regulations and observe proprieties in relationships. This will enforce the disciplinary order, restore military honor and prevent similar incidents from recurring.
R.O.C. Military Press Statement Regarding Close Surveillance of People’s Liberation Army Far-Offshore Training (December 10th, 2016)
The Ministry of National Defense expressed today (10th) that, as of 0900 hours, over 10 fighter jets of various models from the East Combat Zone of the People’s Liberation Army have participated in far-offshore training, cutting across the Miyako Strait from north to south. Amongst which were 4 electronic surveillance jets that travelled across the Bashi Channel to encircle our southern territorial airspace under the protection of the air force fighters from the Combat Zone of the People’s Liberation Army, completing the training exercise at 1310 hours. The R.O.C. military had maintained a close surveillance throughout the entire process and prepared the necessary responses, so the public has no need to be concerned.