Agence France-PresseDecember 26, 2013 08:20
Taiwan on Thursday announced pay rises for its professional soldiers to try to boost recruitment as it moves towards ending conscription.
From January 1, volunteer soldiers and sergeants will receive an additional monthly allowance of up to Tw$4,000 ($133), according to the cabinet.
This will bring the lowest-ranked private's monthly salary to Tw$33,625 ($1,120).
Special allowances for servicemen stationed in Kinmen islet and on the Spratly islands in the South China Sea will be increased by 23-62 percent to Tw$12,000-Tw$20,000 a month.