Only 1 of 64 army service openings filled for Dongsha, Taiping
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Only one person has volunteered to fill one of the 64 openings in Dongsha and Taiping Islands, possibly resulting in no soldiers guarding the area, Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Lin Yu-fang (林郁方) said yesterday.
March 6, 2013, 12:34 am TWN
Lin said that the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) admitted 11 people while only one person enrolled to join this year's voluntary military service in Dongsha and Taiping Islands, leaving 63 openings unfilled with an enrollment rate of only 1.5 percent.
“The CGA has not filled the scheduled openings for 2012,” Lin said, “but the administration has already listed 60 openings for 2013. If the CGA cannot fill the openings, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) might have to support the force in that area.”
CGA Minister Wang Ginn-wang (王進旺) said that there might be problems next June when the obligatory military service ends.
“The CGA has planned to raise the benefits and salaries for soldiers guarding the area,” Wang said, “and the administration hopes to attract more people to register to join the voluntary military service.”
According to Wang, the CGA has already arranged to increase the subsidy for the area from NT$12,000 to NT$20,000, and also add more days off.
MND Minister Kao Hua-chu (高華柱) said that there is still some time before the voluntary military service scheme is officially launched, so the MND will pay attention to solve all related issues, including adjusting benefits and salaries.
Less Interest in Civil Service Exam
The number of people registering for civil service cram schools decreased more than half from the same period last year, amid concerns that civil servant benefits are being reduced, school owners said yesterday.
Cram school owners said that the period after Chinese New Year is usually the peak season for people to look for new jobs. However, the number of people registering for civil service exam cram schools has dropped more than half from 2012.
One cram school employee, Chang Chia-chi (張家騏), said that the drop in enrollment could be related to possible reduced benefits for civil servants.
“After many lawmakers and politicians have requested a review of the retirement system for civil servants,” Chang said, “people who originally wanted to register for civil service exams have decided to change their minds.”