As of late, the South Korean military has been making many changes to make them “smaller stronger” by next year. In a recent meeting lead by Defense Minister Suh Wook, it was decided to cut military service time.
The time changes are as follows:
Army: 21 month -> 18 months
Navy: 23 months -> 20 months
Air Force: 24 months -> 22 months
Marine Corps: 21 months -> 18 months
Social Workers: 24 months -> 21 months
Other changes made include increasing the proportion of female servicers and decreasing the amount of one to four-star generals. Also, there have been 46 out of 76 general positions cut. This was all done to cope with South Korea’s decreasing population as the chief of the military recruitment agency said because the country is expected to experience a troop shortage starting in 2032.
Koreaboo. “Korea’s Mandatory Military Service Is Being Decreased.” Koreaboo, https://www.koreaboo.com/news/koreas-mandatory-military-service-decreased/ , 17/12/20