Joining ROC military as a foreigner?


I am a US citizen and i am planning on moving to Taiwan, i am currently learning traditional Chinese and will be doing a year long language course when i arrive in Taiwan. I would like to know if it is possible to join the ROC military as a foreigner.

Military Conscription for Overseas Chinese?

There doesn’t seem to be any provision for it in Article 3 here:


The US has some foreign exchange programs. (That’s how Canadian soldiers ended up in Iraq after Canada supposedly refused to participate in the war.)


Not as a foreigner, but if you obtain Taiwanese citizen ship and are under the age cut off you will be drafted.


I’m pretty sure that as an American citizen joining a foreign army is grounds for you to lose your American status.


You can never loose your American status unless you have a clean tax record and pay the exit fee.
Dual citizens in Israel and Taiwan have always been doing their national service. Strange new fact. You CAN serve in the US army and not be a citizen. You may not even be granted citizenship later. One case is a permanent resident of the USA (Long Term Green Card Holder) got kicked out due to an old crime when he went to renew his green card.
A friend posted this story. Wow… You’d never think…


That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Are you planning on after a year marrying or investing or something similar and then beginning a naturalization process before hitting the age restriction? I’m not saying it’s impossible but I’ve never heard anyone who wanted to actually join lol.


I’ve thought about joining in the military in Taiwan, albeit not really seriously at all. I kinda feel like I’m letting everyone down since all my 15 or so uncles and male cousins all served in the military, but I managed to avoid service since I was born in America. It does seem unusual for someone to want to join the military since mandatory service is loathed, but I can understand why some people would actually want to join like if they hate China or something lol.