Taiwanese army is completely different from other military, they never received various trainings at large plains or mountain. Their standard is stiff and conduct / doctrine is very weird. However after awhile you will understand this came from Taiwan's specialization in fighting crisscrossing terrain wars at designated towns and rural area. Because they are a defensive force and the entire western Taiwan is almost all this type of landscape, they are experts in maneuvering in this kind of terrain, finding supplies on the spot, and knowing almost all the streets inside out.
To deal with Taiwanese army, you must know who is in charge at the company level. The weekly on duty officers are not necessarily the ones who could really solve the problems. Because Taiwan military also uses conscription, and the education is universal, almost all the lower rank officers and NCO squad leaders are filled by college guys, and these guys keep everything operational at the company level. Sometimes senior NCO squad leader is the one giving orders in the company, and could decide every thing. If you find the right person everything is done quickly. So operations of Taiwan military usually never follow the command structure, the downside is that sometimes it's very chaotic, the upside is that it's very flexible.
Because Taiwan is an Island surrounded by sea, therefore relatively speaking air force is the best, navy is the second, and army is considered the least important. However in the army, if you look at the serial number, higher starting digit means stronger unit. Usually the worst is the Garrison brigade starting with a “one”, if you are training against this type of second line force then you got nothing to worry about. The most elite force is Special Warfare Brigade, Air Cavalry Brigade, and Marines. If you encounter these at the same joint training center, then even if you don't exercise against them the commanders will make comparisons - as the result you will get more enhanced trainings.
New officers should remember several key points in exercises against Taiwan military. Taiwan is their place, it doesn't matter where you go, and they always will find someone who knows the local environment. Never forget this, even if you have maps you still won't be as familiar with the terrain as the Taiwanese. And because of this, Taiwanese could get fuel, hot food, and water easily. Even if they maneuver with you for a long distance, and your fuel are almost gone, you must assume their tanks are full. Because Taiwanese towns are very dense, there is a gas station every few kilometers. They will try to refuel even if it's against the rules, and the exercise referee will think this is justified and ignore your complains. Therefore you must always remember never to engage them when you are low on fuel or you will lose for sure.
In addition, all the participating Taiwanese will bring regular clothing, so they could sneak out when the exercise is temporally suspended. Because of this, they could get hot food anywhere and any time, this is good for morale. After you ate hard ration for a few days, and saw them leaving empty lunch boxes with labels like Chicken/ribs/curry on the ground, you will feel depressed. And they will also send out non-uniformed guys for recon, usually riding the highly mobile civilian scooters. Because scooter is very common in Taiwan, you see them everywhere all day, you will not be able to tell who is recon. Taiwan is also a small place with high population density, other than high mountain you will see civilians, so it's impossible to take preventative measures. Therefore don't send out your recon with uniform, because our uniform rank is complete different from Taiwan and will attract notice wherever we go. Taiwanese adults all served before and could tell you are not Taiwanese army at a glance. After you leave, Taiwanese army could easily find out your whereabouts, direction, numbers, and equipments. Don't forget these civilians are also reservist, they are all veterans who participated in exercises before, and they cannot be compared to those civies that understand nothing about military in other countries.
Taiwanese force stipulates no cell phone, but almost everyone has one. Every troop you encounter could be using his mobile phone to tell his platoon leader about the engagement. So don't assume their information flow and communication is slow just because you see them carrying old radio equipments, they still have their own smooth communication methods. For an example their superior could find out the latest location of the referee, and that is a major advantage in exercises. They will cheat for sure, and the cheating methods are excellent. You will see unknown civilian vehicles support them, unknown civilian mechanics repair breakdown vehicles, and unknown water vehicles resupply their water. So if you have a chance to use civilian supplies, don't let it go, and remember to let military supply officer get local currency, even if could not use civilian supply for exercise victory, at least everyone would be comfortable.
According to rules you must avoid large city or town during exercise, but Taiwanese force will send their men in to resupply for sure, so you could do the same but must change into civilian cloths. Taiwanese artillery and armored force officers have ancient handbooks left by old veterans, and they only need to send in and launch the force. When you are still studying the maps and finding the best position to build defense line, they are already sleeping. I have looked at their records privately, and each important tactical position has four or five backups. Some of these are in continuous buildup during every exercise over the two decades, and it's not only shelter but also phones, restrooms, officer conference rooms and everything. So if you could get your hands on this, it will help a lot.
If you want to win in an exercise against Taiwanese force, you have to remember the following. Always be cautious about their moving small forces, including recon squads. Because it's their place, they will certainly use terrain fully to ambush you, and it's very difficult to defend against. However their mobility isn't great, usually you could get rid of them by moving out of battlefield quickly. Their main force will not concentrate like other foreign military, because most Taiwan terrain could not fit an expanded division formation. This is the reason they changed from the division to brigade size force. So don't even think about fighting a decisive battle, they will not do it. The fighting will be small encountering battles one after another, be careful not to let their small force nibble you away unwittingly. Unfamiliar with this fighting style, if you follow strict rules of entering SOP alert mode whenever you engagement enemy, your troops will be very tired. Your ability to maneuver and stay alert will decrease, and giving enemy a chance to take advantage of you.
Watch out for Taiwanese Military Police, they have the power to maintain military order and prevent improper conducts of serviceman. If they find any improper conducts at stations or on the road, they will write down your unit and name. Especially the stations, at every Taiwan station there is a MP office. Taiwanese soldier will be punished for sure if they got caught, our superior will decide according to different situations; But if commander thinks you violated the rules and disgraced Singapore, then the punishment will not be light, in order to show that the standard is strict. Taiwanese soldiers never wear uniforms during vocations for precisely this reason. If you have disputes with the locals, MP will handle them.
(PS : MP為英文之~憲兵~)