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Paratroopers, taekwondo team prepare for a show

DEMONSTRATION After the cancelation on Oct. 10 because of bad weather, the Army's paratroopers and other units are keen to perform later this month

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Twelve female members of the Marines' taekwondo team will join their male counterparts in a demonstration of military skills at the Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall later this month.

A demonstration by the Army's paratroopers which was canceled during the National Day performance because of bad weather will also be featured.

The military is keen to put on a show for the public as it regards the show as a good public relations opportunity, a military official said.

The final date for the show has yet to be decided, but rehearsals will be carried out at the hall on Thursday.

In addition to the parachute display and the 120-strong taekwondo team, the Marines' Amphibious Reconnaissance and Patrol Unit (兩棲偵搜大隊) and the Military Police's Special Service Company (反恐特勤隊) will join the performance.

Prior to the event, the paratroopers are performing at Chengkungling (成功嶺) Boot Camp in Taichung as part of its open-house activity today.

Among the 10 senior paratroopers, First Sergeant Tseng Ying-chih (曾英志) will make his 1,000th jump today, making him the first Taiwanese paratrooper to reach this landmark.

Commander Lieutenant General Hsu Shang-wen (徐尚文) said he was very proud of his fellow Marines.

The commander said that the taekwondo team members do 100 push-ups and 100 sit-ups every morning before they begin their daily eight-hour training schedule.

"Many people have noticed that we have been promoting these 12 female members a lot lately. I think they can be a role model for the younger generation and show that women can succeed in the Marines," Hsu said.

Hsu said he had just conducted an inspection on Thursday of the taekwondo team and the Amphibious Reconnaissance and Patrol Unit which have been practicing for two weeks.

"I am pretty certain that they are ready," Hsu said.

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