Taiwan soldiers get pay raises amid recruitment woes
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan on Thursday announced pay rises for its professional soldiers to try to boost recruitment as it moves towards ending conscription.
From Jan 1, volunteer soldiers and sergeants will receive an additional monthly allowance of up to NT$4,000 (S$169), according to the Cabinet.
This will bring the lowest-ranked private's monthly salary to NT$33,625.
Special allowances for servicemen stationed in Kinmen islet and on the Spratly islands in the South China Sea will be increased by 23 per cent to 62 per cent to NT$12,000 to NT$20,000 a month.