Defense ministry triples female recruitment target
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND, 國防部) is looking to add 2,309 women to the armed forces, or nearly three times the recruitment target of 2012.
February 24, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Last year, the MND set its recruitment target for women at 799, but saw 1089 women enlist. For 2013, the ministry is revising the target upward to 2,309 women.
Women have excelled in the military, said Wang Tien-de, an MND official responsible for human resources.
As Taiwan society moves toward greater gender parity, the MND will loosen restraints on female military personnel and allow them to serve in more units and posts, he said.
Late last year at the Legislative Yuan, Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu (高華柱) advised change to the military's standing rule that no more than 8 percent of total personnel can be women.
So far, no revision plans have been finalized, according to Wang. The MND is reviewing case studies and developing appropriate strategies for incorporating more women into the Taiwan military.
Ultimately, the MND cannot prevent women from serving — when the time is ripe, the limit will be revised upward, he said.
The MND's recruitment campaign for 2013 keeps the iconic “Iron Man” ads, but is also venturing into some new territory.