South Korea to cut military service time to 18 months

South Korea to cut military service time to 18 months
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  • calendar-gray 16 December 2020

South Korea's Defense Ministry revealed on Wednesday the government plans to reduce the obligatory military service period from 24 to 18 months by December next year as part of broader army reforms, APA reports citing Teletrader.

Since 1957, all men aged between 18 and 28 have had to undergo compulsory military service for two years in the country that has faced constant threat from its northern neighbor. The latest decision comes as part of reorganization plans which aim to make the military "smaller and stronger," according to the ministry.

President Moon Jae-in previously expressed optimism about cooperating with the new administration in the United States on the peninsula's denuclearization and eventually reaching peace between Seoul and Pyongyang.

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