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New Officer Training Program Launched at NTHU
In order to cultivate the next generation of military leaders, NTHU and the Ministry of National Defense have recently established the NTHU Cadet Program, which is currently recruiting ten students to the Military Science Group at Tsinghua College for the upcoming school year. Those who are admitted will receive a full scholarship along with a monthly stipend of NT$12,000 and a book allowance of NT$5,000 per semester.
 
President Hocheng Hong said that military science is an integral part of being a top-notch university, adding that the famous general Sun Li-jen graduated from NTHU in 1923, and that he is looking forward to NTHU producing another military giant in the near future.
 
Hocheng pointed out that these days high technology plays a key role in military might. For example, the United States is currently considering adding a “Space Force” to its armed forces, which already uses a huge number of military robots. Thus it is essential for the high-ranking officers of the future to be skilled in the use of various types of advanced technology.
 
Hocheng further indicated that the overall aim of the NTHU Cadet Program is to train students to be equally proficient in military science and a particular academic discipline, adding that students in the program will leave their major undeclared for their first year, and will be required to declare a major in their sophomore year.
 
Prof. Chiao Chuan-chin, who serves as the director of the Student Recruitment Center, said that the new program is unique in that it starts when the student is admitted and continues through all four years of their university education, in contrast to the long-standing Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), which recruits students who have already been admitted. In addition to the general university admission exam, applicants to the NTHU Cadet Program have to pass the Ministry of National Defense’s intelligence test, physical fitness test, and background check.
 
Chiao said that the program’s first batch will consist of ten students (including at least one female recruit), four of whom will be preparing to join the Information and Electronic Warfare Command, with the remaining six evenly distributed between the Army, Navy, and Air Force; all ten will be eligible to receive aviation training. After graduating, each participant will be required to serve in the military for at least five years as a second lieutenant with a monthly salary of around NT$50,000; those who become qualified pilots will be required to remain on active duty for a longer period of time.
 
“Compared with other types of military training, the NTHU Cadet Program offers a lot more flexibility,” said Chiao, adding that in addition to their regular university studies at NTHU, recruits will be required to participate in military training every Saturday as well as during winter and summer vacations. Moreover, NTHU’s flexible curriculum and wide variety of majors provides an ideal academic environment for meeting the Program’s goal of training officers with specialized knowledge in various fields.
 
Chiao added that the Ministry of National Defense also provides career officers with opportunities to study for graduate degrees, and that those who choose to leave the military after completing their five years of active duty can easily shift to a civilian career; for example, those who have received flight training would be well prepared for a career as a commercial pilot.
 
ROC fighter jets in a training exercise over the east coast of Taiwan. (Courtesy of the Military News Agency.)

ROC fighter jets in a training exercise over the east coast of Taiwan. (Courtesy of the Military News Agency.)

Captain Gao Ciyu, the first female pilot of the ROC Air Force. (Courtesy of the Military News Agency.)

Captain Gao Ciyu, the first female pilot of the ROC Air Force. (Courtesy of the Military News Agency.)

The ROC Army conducting an amphibious exercise. (Courtesy of the Military News Agency.)

The ROC Army conducting an amphibious exercise. (Courtesy of the Military News Agency.)

ROC Army personnel in a live fire exercise. (Courtesy of the Military News Agency.)

ROC Army personnel in a live fire exercise. (Courtesy of the Military News Agency.)

Safely parachuting in difficult terrain requires extensive training. (Courtesy of the Military News Agency.)

Safely parachuting in difficult terrain requires extensive training. (Courtesy of the Military News Agency.)

Navy personnel learning how to operate a drone. (Courtesy of the Military News Agency.)

Navy personnel learning how to operate a drone. (Courtesy of the Military News Agency.)

Calibrating navigational equipment on the open seas. (Courtesy of the Military News Agency.)

Calibrating navigational equipment on the open seas. (Courtesy of the Military News Agency.)

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