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Taiwan plans to extend conscript service 'due to possible war with China'

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Taiwan plans to extend conscript service 'due to possible war with China'

Taiwan must extend compulsory military service from four months to at least one year. This was announced on Wednesday to lawmakers by a senior official of the island's Ministry of Defense. In his opinion, this is necessary in order to better prepare the country's citizens for a possible war with neighboring China.


Taiwanese military-age men could begin serving longer terms in 2024 if a decision is made before the end of this year.

Defense Minister Chiu Guo-cheng told reporters.

Discussions on such a difficult legislative decision for Taiwan are ongoing, he said, noting that postponing the announcement of this decision to the new year will inevitably push back its implementation by another 12 months to early 2025.

Taiwanese media reports that President Tsai Ing-wen's administration may issue an extension of service as early as December 22, 2022. The decision will extend military service to 12 months for conscripts born after 2006.

Under predecessor Tsai Ing-wen, as part of the island's transition to an all-volunteer force and a contract army, the conscription service was reduced to four months. There are currently 165 contract soldiers and approximately 000 conscripts serving in the Taiwanese armed forces.

The four-month period, which began in 2013, was introduced during the easing of tensions across the Taiwan Strait. However, Cai and her anti-unification party have been called to reconsider this policy since they took power in 2016. Now, it seems that such a revision will take place.
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  1. voice of reason
    voice of reason 8 December 2022 18: 53
    -5
    Well, yes, you still start mobilization there preventively. This, of course, will calm the Chinese comrades and reduce the likelihood of war .... And to be honest, it would be more likely. I really want to see what NATO will do when it flares up in the Pacific ...
    1. Machito
      Machito 8 December 2022 19: 00
      +1
      Conscripts serve four months? belay
      To counter the Chinese army, it is time for Taiwan to establish a life-long military service for both men and women. Crazy people can be left in civilian life to raise the economy. wassat
      1. Shurik70
        Shurik70 8 December 2022 22: 00
        +3
        Quote: Bearded
        Conscripts serve four months?

        In four months, it is quite possible to teach to walk in formation and even mint a step.
        So do not slander, for the CALL in Taiwan, a completely normal army.
        Well, they are not prepared for war with someone, in fact. China will crush them, if it attacks, they will serve there for a year or five years - it doesn't matter. And if anyone attacks other than China, China will fit in for them.
        So it turns out that the CALL in Taiwan is an exclusively symbolic action, and not a real preparation for war.
        1. gsev
          gsev 9 December 2022 03: 57
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          Quote: Shurik70
          So it turns out that the CALL in Taiwan is an exclusively symbolic action, and not a real preparation for war.

          It takes Taiwanese male soldiers 19 minutes to run 3 kilometers across rough terrain and carry no load.
          Chinese female soldiers cover 3 km cross-country in 17 minutes and 30 seconds with a fairly large load.
          Male soldiers of the PRC army must overcome 5 km of cross-country in 17 minutes 30 seconds with a large calculation
          Therefore, in China, Taiwanese soldiers are called "soldiers-berries-strawberries." But Taiwan's aviation until 2010 was able to successfully resist China's aviation even 1 on 1.
          1. Shurik70
            Shurik70 9 December 2022 13: 02
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            Quote: gsev
            Taiwanese soldiers are known in China as "Strawberry Soldiers". But Taiwan's aviation until 2010 was able to successfully resist China's aviation even 1 on 1.

            Exactly.
            And at the expense of aviation - so China alone has four times more fighters.
            China has a doxpe of fighter-bombers (the exact number is kept secret), Taiwan has none at all.
            There will be no "1 on 1"
            1. gsev
              gsev 9 December 2022 16: 19
              -1
              Quote: Shurik70
              China has a doxpe of fighter-bombers (the exact number is kept secret), Taiwan has none at all.

              A fighter is a complex of reconnaissance, target designation, communications, weapons. Apparently, the quality of missiles and radars until 2010 leveled the quantitative superiority of China's aviation. Moreover, this year the Taiwan Air Force began to receive new aircraft. This is their response to the appearance in China of a new modern-class fighter and a new domestic aircraft engine.
      2. for
        for 9 December 2022 12: 48
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        Quote: Bearded
        Crazy people can be left in civilian life raise the economy.

        Where is this in Taiwan?
  2. Ghost1
    Ghost1 8 December 2022 18: 59
    +1
    If Uncle Sam pumps something up, it will eventually happen, only first they will build microelectronics enterprises in their US with the help of the Taiwanese, and then at least the grass will not grow with this Taiwan.
    1. evgen1221
      evgen1221 8 December 2022 19: 10
      -2
      Then, with the Dutch, the machines and developments are there, in Taiwan, it’s just that the labor force is cheaper, so they set up factories, but the machines are from Europe and the technology is from America. But you are right, how will Taiwan be built in such a way, except for China, no one will need it with machines turned off by net.
  3. Fangaro
    Fangaro 8 December 2022 19: 59
    0
    If the service life increases from 4 to 12 months, then instead of 20 thousand, 60 thousand will be unfastened from the economy. Three times more.
    But probably 25 million live in Taiwan? It is unlikely to affect the economy more than the weather.
  4. art having
    art having 9 December 2022 09: 48
    -1
    4 months is a good time...
    Although I didn’t learn anything new for 12, which I didn’t know, even though I served in a security company ..
  5. Leader_Barmaleev
    Leader_Barmaleev 9 December 2022 13: 02
    0
    Let's look at a satellite map of Taiwan - one third of the island is incredibly dense urban development, two thirds are very steep mountains overgrown with forests. The widest place of urban development is 30 kilometers, and all this urbanism stretches in a narrow strip along the west coast. No matter how long Taiwanese males serve in the army, the Chinese fleet will simply stand up in squadrons on the Penghu meridian and bomb out cities and military infrastructure in a matter of hours, despite the fact that missile launches will be conducted from the mainland. Accordingly, the Taiwanese army must either be ready for urban battles - and a professional for urban combat cannot be prepared in a year, or the army will have to abandon ALL equipment and leave to partisan in the mountains and die of starvation under the conditions of the sea blockade of the island. In general, I can’t imagine a Taiwanese theater of operations - China will stupidly crush it with a mass and the Amer’s AUGs will not help, since in the conditions of a modern war, the AUG is not a combat structure, it is a stupid target.
    1. gsev
      gsev 9 December 2022 16: 27
      -1
      Quote: Leader_Barmaleev
      China will stupidly crush with a mass and the Amer AUGs will not help, since in the conditions of a modern war, the AUG is not a combat structure, it is a stupid target.

      Submarines and AUGs of the USA, Australia, Japan, South Korea will cover Chinese power plants and oil refineries. Moreover, they will fire hundreds of missiles every day, and not like Gerasim 50 every week. If the PRC lags behind in microelectronics, then it lags behind in the means of protection and destruction. The confrontation between China and the United States is decided by the rivalry of designers. So far, the engineering community of the West is compensating for all the clumsy steps of its politicians, who squandered resources on Iraq, Afghanistan and Russia.
      1. Leader_Barmaleev
        Leader_Barmaleev 9 December 2022 17: 16
        +1
        I had a chance to read one article in the bourgeois magazine "Naval Aviation News" if I'm not mistaken and it was more than ten years ago - I went on a business trip as part of a group, mostly there were warriors and three civilian specialists, so that the warriors would not be bored of them filled up with thematic magazines, well, I read it - it's interesting. So one American admiral to the nines smashed the idea of ​​AUGs as incredibly outdated, depleting resources and having lost all military relevance. That is, you can drive the Papuans with AUGs, but you can no longer seriously fight. There were five different arguments for five pages, but at the very end of the article a paragraph was highlighted that only three nuclear warheads were needed to destroy the AUG - the first explodes at an altitude of 50-70 km above the AUG and EMP burns out every single radar. Well, you can not talk about the effectiveness of air defense at such heights - it is almost equal to zero. When the radars go blind, the second warhead explodes ten kilometers away and burns out all the electronics, including the electronics of the submarines. The third warhead calmly flies into the warrant and explodes at level zero - that's it, no AUG. At the same time, if we compare the price of the AUG and three or four dozen missiles - no one canceled the tricks and interference, then the whole fleet disappeared for good reason. The Americans know this and it is highly doubtful to me that they will rock the boat against China in the light of what has been said. And Japan and Australia even more so.
        1. gsev
          gsev 9 December 2022 23: 41
          -1
          Quote: Leader_Barmaleev
          the idea of ​​AUGs as incredibly outdated, depleting resources and having lost all military relevance.

          Quote: Leader_Barmaleev
          only three nuclear warheads are needed to destroy the AUG

          Consider exchanging an aircraft carrier for 3 nuclear warheads.
          The US population is approximately 450 people. Let's assume China is able to launch 000 nuclear missiles at the US. A warhead is capable of destroying a city with a population of 000 people. Let's assume that it will destroy this city. Let's say that for 1000 people in the city there is a workplace and an apartment of about $ 100. 000 families multiply by 5 we get about $ 100 billion. Three warheads could cause $000 billion worth of destruction. That is, the aircraft carrier justifies itself by diverting these 20 warheads of a potential enemy and forcing it, most likely, to keep more warheads in reserve, expecting that a significant part of them will be covered by the enemy before the aircraft carriers enter the battle.
          1. Leader_Barmaleev
            Leader_Barmaleev 10 December 2022 07: 32
            0
            I cannot understand what can cause such a stream of consciousness, but there is an elder in the garden and an uncle in Kyiv. Consider that you have the last word and be proud of yourself. All the best.