South Korea’s lean, mean military future

Austin Bay writes in Real Clear Politics about low birthrates affecting South Korea’s military future. In short, the troop pool is shrinking along with American budgets, but threats from the Norkos and yes, China, are not going anywhere.

Seeing that the future is written in the census, savvy South Korea’s defense ministry recently proposed some thoughtful, long-term changes to structuring and manning its military. By 2022, troop strength could shrink from 640,000 to 522,000, a personnel reduction of 20 percent. The smaller force will be modernized and reorganized.

Though it will become smaller, the cost will remain about the same, as the plan calls for more elite troops and higher pay to encourage retention.

  • cm

    Excellent ideal, enforced through necessity and no choice.

  • TheKorean2

    Defense spending will go up by building more ballistic/cruise missiles and military technologies as troop strength shrinks in 2022 according to gov’t.