The Taiwan special forces are a branch of the Republic of China Army and are the final defense for any country that tries to invade Taiwan. They are also called the ROC and are comprised of over 130,000 men.
The ROC was establishes as the armed wing of Sun Yat Sen’s KMT. It was called the National Revolutionary Army. Their original mission was to take the China mainland from the Peoples Republic of China. However, after lifting the martial law in 1988, and the ensuing democratization, the focus of the ROC is on defending Taiwan, Penghu, Matsu and Kinmen from any attacks of the People’s Liberation Army.
In recent years, the ROC has downsized considerably and their short term goals now include acquisition of armored vehicles, field air defense systems, joint C2 systems, MLRs and advanced attack helicopters.
How To Become A Member Of The ROC
No information is available as to how to become a member of this special forces group.
No information is available as to the training involved in becoming members of the ROC.
What Are They Best At?
Defense against invasions by the People’s Republic Of China, counterattacks, defense against amphibious assault and urban warfare.
Weapons Of The ROC
Weapons are being updated and purchased from the United States that include M60A3 Patton tanks, M109A6 Paladin howitzers and SuperCobra helicopters. Newer equipment is being sold by the United States after the freeze of weapons to Taiwan was lifted on October 3, 2009. Military weapons include a variety of pistols, submachine guns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, automatic weapons, combat shotguns, Carbines, sniper rifles, machine guns and grenade launchers.
Missions are covert and many facilities are located underground.
Units consist of Aviation and Special Forces Command, the 6th Army Corps, the 8th Army Corps, the 10th Army Corps, the Hau Tung Defense Command, The Kinmen Defense Command and the Penghu Defense Command. Each unit is comprised of brigades and special commands.
Are They Professional Soldiers?
The ROC are professional soldiers.
This Article is written by James Kara Murat, contributor of US Navy SEAL Information Portal.