Lieutenant Chiu Yu-hung has come a long way to get his commission.
When Chiu first expressed his intent to join the Army’s Officer Candidate School in 2008, his request was denied on ground of that he had left criminal record at the court of law. Although he claimed that it was a minor car accident and he had settled with the victim, he was still turned down by the Ministry of National Defense. Thus he began his long fight with the military to serve as an officer. His appeal to the Supreme Court judges was finally granted five years later. The MND’s denial of his request was deemed unconstitutional and the court demanded that Chiu be allowed to be trained as an officer.
Chiu was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 2013 and he chose to serve as an infantry platoon leader in Dong-ying, a tiny island near Matsu, Taiwan’s northernmost soil facing mainland China.
Five years later Chiu chose to be discharged because he considered that the absurdity of the ruling government was not worth of his efforts to defend it.
Having gone through all the trouble to serve in the military in the first place, Chiu said that it was because of his belief. He believed that the existence of the Republic of China might be an example of Chinese practicing democracy, and the better people in Taiwan have led their life, the more possible the whole Chinese people would be drawn to freedom and democracy.
Unfortunately, two years after the DPP took the power, its inclination toward Taiwan independence has been getting more and more rampant. The commander in chief, President Tsai, herself first refused to recognize the Republic of China. How could our armed forces fight for a nation without national identity? An army without core value has made its soldiers go spiritual breakdown and become zombies without soul.
Chiu’s pensive sorrow represents what most of our military have thought about its leadership.