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Marines & Military Police to remain in service: president

TAIPEI--The Republic of China Marine Corps and Military Police Corps will not be disbanded as the country moves to downsize its defense personnel, President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday.

The commander-in-chief of the armed forces pledged at the 90th anniversary of the ROC Military Academy that the two units will remain in service amiad speculation that they could be scrapped as Taiwan reduces its armed forces from the current 215,000 soldiers to fewer than 190,000.

“The restructuring is needed, but those two units will remain,” Ma said to the attendees, which included 15 retired generals, of the ceremony at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei.

The nation needs to maintain a certain level of defense even as it downsizes the military, Ma stressed.

Under the five-year restructuring program, the military will undergo structural adjustments each year through 2019 in keeping with the global downsizing trend.

Starting in 2017, the military will need to recruit only some 7,000 soldiers each year to meet defense needs.

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