Naturalized American-Taiwanese basketball player Quincy Davis will not have to complete compulsory military service, since his height meets the criterion for exemption, Minister of the Interior Lee Hong-yuan (李鴻源) said yesterday.
Born in Los Angeles in 1983, Davis renounced his US citizenship and became a naturalized Taiwanese citizen on July 9 to join Taiwan’s national basketball team for this year’s FIBA Asian Championship games. Quincy’s naturalization triggered the question whether he should complete the compulsory military service required of all male citizens born before 1994.
“As far as the [compulsory military service] issue is concerned, he will be exempt, since he is 204cm tall. According to our Military Service Act (兵役法), male citizens who are more than 195cm tall are exempt from service,” Lee said. “Hence, when he comes back [from the games], he must go to the hospital for a physical exam and with the exam report, apply for exemption from the service.”
The ministry has also expedited Davis’ naturalization so that he could register as a member of Taiwan’s national team by the deadline on July 12.
“Davis has met the criteria for ‘people with special contribution to the country or with talents necessary for the country,’ and thus his naturalization application can be directly approved by the Executive Yuan, instead of him having to live in the country as a legal resident for five years before being naturalized,” Lee said. “As soon as the Executive Yuan approved it, I asked our Department of Household Registration to grant him citizenship immediately.”