If they are increasing the Defense budget, then where is the money going?
Err, increasing a budget doesn't mean there's unlimited resources for a whole department. There's lots of things to spend money on - the new F-16s, the submarine project, etc. I'm just pointing out that there haven't been cuts.
2nd Helicopter crash this year, 1st killed the military Chief of Staff. If that is not ringing alarm bells with regards to maintenance staff quality, then there is no point in maintenance at all.
Given that the personnel charged were working at a weather centre, that suggests in the Black Hawk crash maintenace was not a factor (or only part of it).
The suicide is not speculated to be coincidental because this officer was one of the ones in charge of that portion of the exercise, and his suicide came within hours of the confirmation of the first death.
I wasn't aware of that point. However, that doesn't really change much. The officer could have been mentally unstable and then killed themselves because of the earlier death. Indeed I would be surprised if a totally mentally healthy person committed suicide just for that reason.
All volunteer army has been a failure (not the current administration's fault necessarily) from what I've read. The pay is competitive with Taiwanese salaries, but Taiwanese salaries are amongst the lowest in Asia.
I wouldn't say it's a failure. I think last year they were hitting 80-90% of their recruitment targets, which isn't bad. But I would agree that the reserves could do with more training time, or changing so that they have a more highly-skilled section and one that deals with simpler stuff like guard-duty.