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Reserves, military police to be merged with Army: MND

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday said the military police would be merged with the Army, with military police command falling under the chief of general staff.

“As we continue to cut military personnel numbers, we are planning to merge the three command headquarters — logistics, reserve forces and military police — with the Army,” ministry spokesman Major General Yu Sy-tue (虞思祖) said.

Yu said that in addition to the military police’s regular assignments such as ensuring security at the Presidential Office and maintaining military discipline, once it came under the command of the chief of general staff, it would be given other assignments, including investigating military scandals and bribery.

The spokesman said more details of the change would be made public after the plan is finalized.

Meanwhile, to avoid disturbing students who will be taking their college entrance exams today, tomorrow and Friday, the ministry has requested that the Air Force not hold air training for pilots between 8:30am and 3pm, as the exams will be held in Hsinchu, Taichung, Pingtung, Hualien, Taitung, Tainan and Chiayi, which all have air bases.

The request, however, contradicts a regulation that the Air Force must carry out stricter security measures and military status whenever the president is abroad — that flights and training courses be increased and that fighter aircraft be ready for takeoff within three minutes after an order has been given.

The Air Force said pilots had been given special instructions and that the two requests would not contradict each other.

“We still have a lot of training to do between 8:30am and 3pm. Those training courses are necessary and important. I do not think the ban will impact our plan to carry out stricter security measures,” an officer from the Air Force Command Headquarters said on condition of anonymity.The Ministry of National Defense yesterday said the military police would be merged with the Army, with military police command falling under the chief of general staff.

“As we continue to cut military personnel numbers, we are planning to merge the three command headquarters — logistics, reserve forces and military police — with the Army,” ministry spokesman Major General Yu Sy-tue (虞思祖) said.

Yu said that in addition to the military police’s regular assignments such as ensuring security at the Presidential Office and maintaining military discipline, once it came under the command of the chief of general staff, it would be given other assignments, including investigating military scandals and bribery.

The spokesman said more details of the change would be made public after the plan is finalized.

Meanwhile, to avoid disturbing students who will be taking their college entrance exams today, tomorrow and Friday, the ministry has requested that the Air Force not hold air training for pilots between 8:30am and 3pm, as the exams will be held in Hsinchu, Taichung, Pingtung, Hualien, Taitung, Tainan and Chiayi, which all have air bases.

The request, however, contradicts a regulation that the Air Force must carry out stricter security measures and military status whenever the president is abroad — that flights and training courses be increased and that fighter aircraft be ready for takeoff within three minutes after an order has been given.

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