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Alternative Service in Taiwan for U.S. Citizen (born in taiwan)

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Alternative Service in Taiwan for U.S. Citizen (born in taiwan)

Postby lhei9742 » 28 Jul 2011, 05:44

Hi everyone,

I am planning to move back to Taiwan this September to work in the restaurant industry. My dad's friend owns a hot pot restaurant in Taipei that my family would like to franchise (called Orange). Problem is, I have the conscription law to deal with because I was born in Taiwan. I came to America when I was 5 and I became a U.S. citizen when I was 12.

What are the chances that I will get enlisted? I read they are planning to reduce the # of draftees right now. Also, if I do get enlisted, how do I get into alternative service?

I read some info on alternative service on teaching English but is it possible to do it while I am working? I would appreciate more info on alternative service and what it entails.

Thanks!

P.S. By the looks of this Taiwan military recruitment commercial they don't even need humans to enlist anymore. :ohreally:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXxwq4J5 ... playnext=2
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Re: Alternative Service in Taiwan for U.S. Citizen (born in taiwan)

Postby Charlie Jack » 01 Aug 2011, 16:59

I don't know anything about it, but here are a couple of threads on it:

viewtopic.php?f=115&t=93950

viewtopic.php?f=115&t=88648
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Re: Alternative Service in Taiwan for U.S. Citizen (born in taiwan)

Postby Tony the Tiger » 02 Aug 2011, 22:14

Well first off, how old are you?

lhei9742 wrote:I read some info on alternative service on teaching English but is it possible to do it while I am working?


No. When you enlist, you are actually stationed somewhere. This isn't some part-time bs. And if you choose the English teaching service, you WILL be sent off to some far-off remote place in Taiwan.

So unless you can work on your hot pot stuff through telecommuting then forget about working and serving at the same time.
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Re: Alternative Service in Taiwan for U.S. Citizen (born in taiwan)

Postby twjl » 27 Aug 2011, 15:28

lhei9742 wrote:What are the chances that I will get enlisted?


100% if you don't follow the rules!

First, read this site: http://rocguide.blogspot.com/ for some general info. It was created by one of the members here.

Then, contact both TECO in the US and OCAC in Taiwan.

Talk and confirm your information with both departments because sometimes you'll get conflicting answers so you'll need to follow-up with multiple people sometimes.
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