Spring Festival is just days away, and many of us are looking forward to the holiday. But national defense never rests, and many in the armed forces will stay on duty over the break. President Tsai Ing-wen went to Hsinchu on Tuesday, to visit troops of the 206th and 542nd brigades. She inspected their training exercises, and thanked them for their service with a special Lunar New Year bonus.
A soldier takes his position, strides forward and throws a grenade into the distance. Then he immediately drops to the ground for cover.
After each throw, the drill instructor gives pointers on technique. Besides grenade throwing, close combat is also a key part of training.
The Lunar New Year is coming up, but many in the armed forces will stay on duty over the holiday. President Tsai Ing-wen made a trip to Hsinchu on Tuesday to visit the 206th and 542nd brigades. She presented the troops with a holiday bonus, in recognition of their hard work.
National security requires a joint effort from all. In order to strengthen our national defenses, starting this year, the duration of our compulsory military service has been extended to one year, and the first cohort of conscripts already entered training last month. This morning I visited air defense units in Northern Taiwan to gain an understanding of the current situation. And I am here visiting the 4th battalion of the 206th infantry brigade to see how the first cohort of conscripts is doing, and to inspect the camp facilities and training program. I would like to ask the Ministry of National Defense to conduct rolling reviews on all the training courses that are offered. I hope all our brothers and sisters in the armed forces will continue to work hard on their training and on refining their abilities.
Over the upcoming holiday, Taiwan’s soldiers will stand firm at their posts, to ensure that the people can celebrate another peaceful new year.
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