Conscripts begin one year of military service
The first batch of new conscripts starting their one-year compulsory military service have been reporting to boot camps.
A total of 670 conscripts reported to bases in Hsinchu, Taichung and Tainan under the extended programme, where they will undergo eight weeks of basic training.
Defence officials say the new recruits will also be assessed for special skills before being assigned to specific military units on 29 March.
After graduating from boot camp, the monthly pay for a private will be set at NT$21,350, while privates first class will be paid NT$23,140. Both payments include a basic wage and stipend for special skills.
Compulsory military service was reinstated to one year from 1 January after being cut to four months in 2013. The extended one-year compulsory military service is applicable to males born on or after 1 January 2005. The Army Command Headquarters says the new conscripts will be participating in this year's Han Kuang military exercise.