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Eight Taiwanese to graduate from top US military schools

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA , WASHINGTON

Following the growth in Taiwan-US military education exchanges, eight Taiwanese cadets are expected to graduate from various US military academies this month.

Among the eight, Hung Wan-ting (洪琬婷) will become the first Taiwanese female army officer to graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point and Wu Dai-yi (吳岱怡) will become the first Taiwanese female naval officer to receive a diploma from the Citadel Military College.

Taiwanese military officials stationed in Washington said a total of 38 Taiwanese cadets were studying at six US military academies: three at the Military Academy at West Point, three at the US Naval Academy, three at the US Air Force Academy, 11 at Virginia Military Institute (VMI), 11 at the Citadel Military College and seven at Norwich University.

In addition to Hung and Wu, six other Taiwanese will graduate from US military schools this summer.

Among them, Shih Kai-yu (石楷煜) (army), Liu Shu-chang (劉書彰) (navy) and Lin Hsien-chun (林賢俊) (air force) will graduate from VMI; Chu Tzu-hung (朱子宏) (army) will receive a diploma from the Citadel; Cheng Min-hsiu (鄭敏秀) (army) and Tsai Yia-hsuan (蔡亞軒) (army) will graduate from Norwich.

The cadets will return home after receiving their diplomas and be commissioned into service as second lieutenants or ensigns, the officials said.

Lin, who was assigned to serve as a training deputy battalion commander at VMI and has won a gold star award from the school, expressed his gratitude to his country for providing him the opportunity to pursue advanced education in the US.

Cadets said they had learned a lot during their four years of training and were looking forward to contributing to the country.

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