Six in top security detail fail fitness tests
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostSix special agents responsible for protecting the security of national officials failed to pass required physical fitness tests this year, the National Security Bureau (NSB, 國安局) chief said yesterday.
October 29, 2013, 12:22 am TWN
The six agents can still take the same test two times later this year to qualify for the job which carries responsibility for the safety of the president and vice president, NSB Director-General Tsai De-sheng (蔡得勝) told media yesterday.
Citing the Special Service Act (特種勤務條例), Tsai said that if a special agent fails the physical standard test for two years in a row, he or she will be deemed unqualified to serve in their post and will be asked to leave.
Tsai made the comments in response to a NSB report submitted to the Legislative Yuan last week which shows that only around 80 percent of all special agents in the president and vice president's security details passed their physical tests in 2011 and 2012.
Special agents responsible for the job must meet both physical requirements and pass a skill test every year.
Physical tests include push-ups, sit-ups, and a 3,000-meter run. Skill tests include martial arts, swimming, and pistol shooting.
An agent has to pass all six tests to qualify as a member of the president and vice president's security details, according to the NSB.
The NSB report said that nearly 95 percent of all special agents that underwent the tests in 2010 passed. However, only 84 percent and 89 percent of special agents passed the same tests in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Asked to comment, Tsai yesterday first apologized over what he called an “incomplete” NSB report that was sent to lawmakers for review.
According to the NSB report, 51 special agents failed the test in 2012. But Tsai explained that the 51 who failed included those who did not take the test in the first place, including agents that are pregnant, on sick leave and fulfilling other duties that prevent them from undergoing the tests.
“In fact, only one agent has failed to meet the qualifications in 2012, and the reason for his failure was that he was recovering from an injury,” Tsai noted.