Wed, Dec 18, 2013 - Page 3 News List

Military planning big events to mark academy’s birthday

Staff writer, with CNA

Military officials yesterday said that a series of celebrations will be held next year to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1924 establishment of the Whampoa Military Academy in Guandong Province, China, including the premiere of two movies featuring life in the Republic of China (ROC) military.

After the ROC government lost the Chinese civil war and retreated to Taiwan, the academy was relocated to Greater Kaohsiung in 1950 and renamed the ROC Military Academy.

The military is assisting with the filming by opening its bases and lending equipment to the production teams, among other things, Ministry of National Defense spokesman Major-General David Lo (羅紹和) said.

Lo added that the ministry will organize the premieres with the movie production companies and take the opportunity to promote all-out defense education and encourage more people to enlist in the military, since the nation is shifting from compulsory military service to an all-volunteer force.

Earlier this year, the ministry postponed the transition to an all-volunteer force to the end of 2016, mainly because it has been unable recruit enough people to meet its targets.

The movies will be released in the second half of next year, Political Warfare Bureau official Yu Tsung-chi (余宗基) said, although he was tight-lipped about the films’ storylines.

The celebrations will also include three musicals to be presented by the military in the first half of next year in the north and south of the nation, Lo said.

Comics and books about significant battles in the nation’s military history are to be published in an effort to increase the public’s understanding of the relationship between the government and the military, the ministry said.

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