state of war

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South Korean military to abolish military exemption programs by 2023

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국방부 "2023년부터 현역자원 병역특례제도 폐지" South Korea is still technically in a state of war with North Korea as the Korean War in 1953 ended with an armistice not a peace treaty. More than 60 years later, every South Korean man between the age of 18 and 35 is required to perform two years of military service. Seoul's defense ministry today that it was pushing to scrap nearly all existing exemptions to mandatory military service, citing a shortfall in the number of conscripts. Arirang News' national defense correspondent Kim Hyun-bin explains the changes. The South Korean military is seeking to abolish a rule that exempts science and engineering students from conscription,... as a way to deal with Korea's rapidly shrinking population. All able-bodied men are required to serve in the military for roughly two years,... but every year around 28-hundred students are exempted from service so they can focus on their studies. Also exempt from service are people with talents seen as boosting Korea's industrial potential. But the exemptions are expected to end by the year 2023. "We believe there will be a shortage of military personnel starting in 2020, so we are working with other departments to phase out the exemptions by the year 2023." The decision was based in part on Korea's rapidly shifting demographics. According to the latest defense white paper, South Korea has around 630-thousand active duty personnel and three-point-one million reservists. The number of men in their 20s currently stands at 350-thousand,... but the figure is expected to decrease to 250-thousand by the year 2022. In addition, the defense ministry predicts that by 2023, there will be a troop shortage of roughly 30-thousand soldiers. "North Korea outnumbers the South in terms of troops two to one, even though Seoul has more modern weaponry. But the ministry still needs to find ways to deal with the growing personnel shortage." Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News." Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld