Newspaper article China Post

Debate Sparked after DPP Lawmaker Blasts Frogmen Photos

Newspaper article China Post

Debate Sparked after DPP Lawmaker Blasts Frogmen Photos

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Military photos of soldiers enduring tough training have become the center of debate, after a Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker said the conditions they depicted were too cruel.

During a meeting at the Legislative Yuan earlier this week, DPP Legislator Chen Ting-fei questioned Deputy Defense Minister Chen Te-mei over a collection of photos the military posted on Facebook.

The photo featured trainees of the "frogmen" corps engaged in the so-called Road to Heaven training.

Some of the photos showed the trainees with only shorts and sneakers on and with their hands tied behind their backs, painfully crawling across coral and rocks trying to complete the final test of training before being accepted as members of the elite reconnaissance unit of the R. …

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