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National Service

Postby smileymiley » 10 Jun 2016, 15:36

My son is now 16, Eurasian (English father/Taiwanese mother) and is quite familiar with Taiwan, visiting reguarly although never lived there. At birth we did not apply for a Taiwanese passport as it was not really necessary and to avoid National Service. As he is approaching National Service age he is thinking that he might enjoy the experience. I have little knowledge on this and wondered if anyone has any thoughts or comments.
As i understand it National Service is now 4months in duration - is this correct? Do they need to attend refresher courses reguarly afterwards?
Would there be any issues for a Eurasion kid to do National Service? He can speak, read and write chinese but as a Eurasian would this create any issues?
The only benefit I am aware of is eligibility for a Taiwanese passport is there anything else?
My hesitation at this stage is that once enrolled for National Service he would then be 'within' the system - so in the event of any future problems he could in theory be called up - which would not be ideal.

Anyone been through this or have had kids who have. We are not based in Taiwan so are looking at this from an outside perspective so would be greateful for any comments.

Thanks
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Re: National Service

Postby Milkybar_Kid » 17 Jul 2016, 22:45

We are not based in Taiwan so are looking at this from an outside perspective


If you're not based in Taiwan, is being called up something you really need to worry about? I doubt they would draft a citizen who was based overseas, anyway. How could they?

Perhaps talk this through with your son some more. After talking to many young people who have done their year's military service here, it seems that most of them don't get much from it. Standing on a roadside directing traffic, sitting behind the reception desk in one of the larger police stations, and monitoring Chinese aircraft when they invade Taiwanese airspace are just a few of the ways people have told me they spent their year.
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Re: National Service

Postby smileymiley » 19 Jul 2016, 09:49

Interesting. Thanks for the feedback
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