Thanks ranlee, although I don't have any parents who are of dying age. I do have a grandmother who's in an old people's home in Tamsui, but I don't know if that qualifies. I'll contact OP to find out more..
Honestly, I don't mind serving. I think it's just concurrently the low pay and the additional time (OK, if it was high paying and short I'm sure a lot more people would do it so it's not such an uncommon grievance). I actually wouldn't mind teaching English for a year in a local school and contribute back. Culturally, for a year, it'd be interesting to me. The salary I can't do much about, so, it really leaves it to the timing that I can maybe change. Do you know if Ministry of Defense would be the people to call to confirm this?