chanephraim wrote:im not so sure if im qualified for alternative military service duty. are there any requirements for this one? what does military do? is it true by 2014 there will be no military service performed? im a college graduate, work for clerk then electrician from the philippines.
wilsun wrote:How easy/difficult is it to get into alternative service?
I was born in Taiwan but am going to school in US, but want to go back to Taiwan for a PhD.
spas12 wrote:daily routine sets in after about 3days and goes smthing along the lines of:
- wake up 10mins before the 'wake-up call' because everyone around you is awake and folding their blankets to specification
- wake-up call and fold mosquito netting, change into running gear and gather outside for some quick stretches
- 3km run, or walk if you have a valid reason why you cant run
- get back to the dorms, quick wash, gather for breakfast
- after breakfast you have classes which barely anyone tunes into that runs to lunch
- more classes after lunch all the way to dinner
- shower (we had a time limit, other groups didnt), time to call home
- night classes or activities
- sleep and repeat
All the way through this there is A LOT of army songs - i.e. you sing before every meal, when you're waiting for things to happen etc. Also you have basic training teaching you to turn the right way, salute, stand at attention etc. Then there is the exam (40% of overall grade), 3km run, written exam, basic training exam.. i took the English version of the written exam (tell your supervisors you want to do this beforehand), the translation wasn't very well done so if you can, try do the Mandarin version. You also have to pick which area of work you want to get into, but since you're probably applying for alt. service using an overseas diploma im guessing you'll have a 'specialty' (傳業） and so wont have to pick as it should already be pre-determined in your application what you'll be doing (teaching English etc). Perform well during all of this and you get longer holidays, bad and they can take some of your holidays away. Also expect to stand night guard at least once during the training, its only for an hour. After this part you go off to your 'specialty' training - location and duration varies. At the end of that there is another exam; this is 60% of your grade. Combine the grades and person with the best grade picks where they want to be stationed first. happy days ahead.
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