llary wrote:Hey poagao, how did you find life in the Taiwan army? I know a few Westerners who have successfully acquired Taiwan citizenship but they're either old enough to be exempt drafting or avoided it in some other way. I have Taiwanese citizenship as a long-term goal and I really don't mind army service but what does it actually involve? Did it make your hair fall out or did it turn you into a sex beast in only 3 months?
Whats worse is that I am an "ABC" but not born in the states, and people there expects me to act and behave like a local. They do not care if I have lived overseas for years and stuff.. I don't know about foreigners but you will probably lose hair (imagine working 24/7 for several days)
I think it's pretty much the same. There's very little room for exceptions in the army, everyone is expected to do their part. There was an Indonesian guy serving there when I was in, and neither of us got special treatement. Cushy posts are cushy all around, difficult posts are hard for everyone. Helmets are definitely not good for your hair, but that's ok because they cut it all off anyway.Anyway, now they have alternative service, so at least you have a possible way out.
I posted some old photos I took when I was in the army here