Hello, I was born in Taiwan and moved to the USA when I was three. I am currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a very prestigious university in New York City (uptown), and I will be applying to its 5 year Master
s program to obtain a Masters in International Affairs.
The program counselor informed me that military service would help my application immensely. As such, I am considering taking some time off of school to serve in the Taiwanese military. This will help my future career aspirations in Taiwanese politics, as well. Three birds with one stone.
I`ve looked over the older threads, and I have some concerns:
1) Is the volunteer service necessarily for a career in the military? Would I be able to volunteer and serve for say, four years and then return to school?
2) A couple of older thread posters have mentioned that poor Chinese skills have caused them to be restricted from operating or even being near firearms at all. Why is this? I can speak Chinese perfectly fine (mainlanders think I have a Taiwanese accent, Taiwanese say I have an American accent), although my vocabulary is somewhat limited, and I can read and write at an upper elementary school / middle school level.
I grew up in a conservative state, and I love guns. I want to shoot, I want to participate in training exercises, I want an actual military experience, not just being a clerk.
3) If I volunteer, can I choose what branch to join?