(By Tsai Zong-Heng, Military News Agency, April 3, 2014, HSINCHU & TAOYUAN)Mr. President Ma Ying-Jiu today inspected troops of Hsinchu and Taoyuan for encouraging officers and soldiers’ hard work, as well to understand the situation of the standing military training and the implementation of mercenary system.He instructed that cadres shall actively push mercenary system from various directions such as Treatment, Dignity and Employment. Then, build a strong national defense force: small but fine, small but powerful, small but clever.
President Ma was accompanied by Mr. Yang Jin-Tian, General Secretary of Presidential Palace, Mr. Xiao-Rong, Deputy Secretary-General of National Security Council, and Mr. Yen Ming, Minister of MND, Mr. Gao Guang-Qi, Chief of General Staff, to Army 206 Infantry Brigade and 21 Cannon Command Rocket Camp for inspection, listening to the mission briefing, understanding troops education training and improving living facilities.Meanwhile, he kindly asked officers and soldiers about their life in camp, physical capability and vacation status, then took pictures with each one of them.
First of all, President Ma went to Guanxi Camp to inspect implementation of raw soldier throwing grenades training and was impressed by the diversified teaching methods to achieve training efficiency.Later, President turned East Camp for hearing the mercenary system promotion status, inspecting Thunder 2000 Multiple Rocket Vehicle Bomb and the simulation of tactical maneuver drills.President encouraged brothers and sisters for their hard work during lunch hour.
The mercenary system is an important national policy, said by President Ma.After careful evaluation, we have considered the current nation situation and military combat requirement, thus kept 4 months of military service training and implemented 2 months of basic and professional training to reach 3 targets of mercenary system: enhancing combat capability, using manpower reasonably and reducing social costs.
President said that the Mercenary System we promoted not the same as foreign Voluntarism.We maintained national service obligations stipulated in the Constitution.Usually, country will call up compulsory service and draftees to receive 4 months of military training which will learn the basic things including the loyalty to country, care for people and basic rifleman requirements.
President Ma is pretty sure about the efforts of military promoting mercenary system.He believes that the current officers and soldiers treatment has been improved.The camp life and environmental facilities changed significantly, and cadres’ management were reasonable, human-based, so that the willingness of staying in camp increased by twenty percent and about 10% transferred to military service.
President emphasized that the physical qualification rate of officers and soldiers have increased, the smart phone can be used in the living area, learning opportunities are also provided to let them get relevant certificates and degrees.The mercenary system is a crucial change in our future military combat preparedness which will be successful.