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Posted: 10/12/2004 2:08:41 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/12/2004 2:08:55 PM EST by yobo]
Found this article from earlier this year in a Korean news website.


18,000 ROK soldiers apply for 3,585 slots to go to Iraq.

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ROK Soldiers Rush to Apply for Iraq

By Ryu Jin
Staff Reporter

The number of soldiers volunteering to join the country¡¯s contingent to be dispatched to Iraq for rehabilitation work has far exceeded the required figure less than a week after recruitment started, officials said on Wednesday.

According to the Ministry of Defense, the number of applicants had reached 18,000 as of Wednesday morning, some 5.1 times more than the 3,585 needed.

By rank, about 3,800 applied for the 523 posts allocated for officers, while some 13,300 noncommissioned officers expressed interest in 966 posts allotted. For rank-and-file soldiers, about 6,800 privates asked for only 2,065 jobs.

Particularly, more and more privates are applying for the opportunity, although the application letters should be accompanied by a parental consent form.

Ministry officials expected the overall figure will keep increasing to an application rate of five-to-one by Tuesday, when applications close.

``We didn¡¯t actively advertise the application plan in consideration of the fact that the troop dispatch motion has not been approved by the National Assembly yet. But we can now feel the heated atmosphere,¡¯¡¯ an official said.

He ascribed the rush to join the overseas mission to the soldiers¡¯ sense of duty to help the Iraqi people who are suffering from security concerns, poverty and poor living conditions after the U.S.-led war to topple former leader Saddam Hussein.

But the high overseas allowances and the state indemnity for death in battle also seem to have encouraged such a large number of soldiers to apply. Under a recently revised regulation, war bereaved receive at least 340 million won ($284,000) as compensation should their relatives be killed in action in Iraq.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly¡¯s National Defense Committee will today pass a bill on the additional troop dispatch to Iraq.

The move comes a day after Assembly Speaker Park Kwan-yong and party leaders agreed to seek quick approval for the long-delayed bill.

The bill, if passed at the committee, will be put to a vote at a full session at the extra Assembly sitting slated for Feb. 9.

``Representatives from each party should be quick to put their heads together to find a point of convergence. Time is running out,¡¯¡¯ said Rep. Chang Young-dal, chairman of the committee.

Rep. Park Se-hwan of the Grand National Party hailed the committee meeting. ``Speedy parliamentary approval of the bill is deemed particularly important for the national interests and investor confidence.¡¯¡¯

Rep. Han Chung-soo of the Millennium Democratic Party echoed the sentiments by saying, ``Legislators might have their own differing views, however, the government-sponsored bill now should be approved without fail.¡¯¡¯

The government finalized its plan late last year to send a 3,000-strong contingent, including combatants, to northern Iraq city of Kirkuk in late April to help the U.S.¡¯ reconstruction projects. The Cabinet has already endorsed it.

However, the government-sponsored plan came under fire for lacking in detailed information regarding the exact nature, location and role of the South Korean dispatch.

It has already sent some 700 medics and engineers to the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, and some 460 of them are still stationed there.

jinryu@koreatimes.co.kr

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Link Posted: 10/12/2004 2:11:01 PM EST
The South Koreans should get as many troops over there as possible. You can never have enough combat vets with a neighbor like theirs.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 2:00:58 PM EST
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Link Posted: 10/29/2004 2:02:26 PM EST
ROK troops do not fuck around and are tough as nails. Those boys getting combat experience is a good thing considering they will eventually be posted back to South Korea.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 2:06:51 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 2:12:24 PM EST
We could use a Brigade of these ROK's in Fallujah for the assault. ROK patrols can do what their fathers did in Vietnam, return from patrol with mortar baseplates, RPG's, and Heads.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 2:13:13 PM EST

Originally Posted By DOW:
ROK troops do not fuck around and are tough as nails. Those boys getting combat experience is a good thing considering they will eventually be posted back to South Korea.



I second that. ROK soldiers are tough, crazy, and mean as shit. I had the pleasure experiance of dealing with them for a year. They're probably joining up just so they don't have to go running in the waist deep ice water this winter. Korea's winters are DAMN cold. Once again, they're mean as shit, it should be very interesting to see what happens when they get harassed by the Iraqi's.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 2:17:23 PM EST
And the fucking communist TV news media in ROK says nobody wants to volunteer for an "unjust" war.

Eat that you MF'ing KBS.

Link Posted: 10/29/2004 2:30:43 PM EST

Originally Posted By painrx:

Originally Posted By DOW:
ROK troops do not fuck around and are tough as nails. Those boys getting combat experience is a good thing considering they will eventually be posted back to South Korea.



I second that. ROK soldiers are tough, crazy, and mean as shit. I had the pleasure experiance of dealing with them for a year. They're probably joining up just so they don't have to go running in the waist deep ice water this winter. Korea's winters are DAMN cold. Once again, they're mean as shit, it should be very interesting to see what happens when they get harassed by the Iraqi's.



+Semper Fi
Link Posted: 10/30/2004 4:11:40 PM EST
I've trained extensively with ROK Marines.They are great troops,the best in Asia.

Semper Fi,
Link Posted: 10/30/2004 4:15:38 PM EST
Time to go ROK out with your cock out, we are going to take it to the Korean barn yard baby.

Those islamofacists are going to wish they were never born if the ROK's are a feirce as they were in Vietnam.
Link Posted: 10/30/2004 4:22:37 PM EST

Originally Posted By eodtech2000:
We could use a Brigade of these ROK's in Fallujah for the assault. ROK patrols can do what their fathers did in Vietnam, return from patrol with mortar baseplates, RPG's, and Heads.





Hope one of them returns with the gourd of a pinhead terr.


Nothing like a little head.
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