The Korean Army will Disarm 100,000 Population Reduction: Building a More Elite Operational Force

 The Korean Army will Disarm 100,000 Population Reduction: Building a More Elite Operational Force

In order to cope with the sharp population decline and build a more elite combat force, the Korean Army decided on November to reduce its current 464,000 troops to 365,000 by the end of 2022, reducing nearly 100,000 troops.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the South Korean Army announced plans containing the above contents at a report on the work of the National Government Supervision of the National Defense Commission of the National Congress held in Jilongtai, Zhongqing South Road, the Army Base of the Army, Navy and Air Forces that morning. According to the Army, 602 of the 2053 units have been restructured. In addition, by 2022, the Army Corps will be reduced from 8 to 2, and the Army Division will be reduced from 38 to 33 by 2025.

The South Korean Army said it would optimize its structure to compensate for the reduction in its strength and to deal with the weakening of its combat effectiveness as a result of the reduction. Specifically, non-military personnel in the army, such as soldiers and civil servants, will be restructured to focus on combat and non-combat tasks respectively, so as to improve the core military combat readiness and maximize operational efficiency.

At the same time, the Army will continue to develop new generation of weapons and equipment that will change the rules of future warfare, including laser, virtual electronic warfare, artificial intelligence, ultra-long range strike system, high-mobility flying objects and other new generation weapon systems. On the frontier coastal defense, the army will improve the performance of the integrated coastal surveillance system in stages starting from 2021, deploy mobile integrated surveillance devices, coastal surveillance radar No. 2, and army Corvette boats to replace traditional combat forces.

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