South Korea to expand the scale means that the Marine Corps to active defense strategy
Data Figure: Korea Marines participated in combat exercises
Global Network reporter Zhong Weidong February 8 reported that, according to Yonhap 8 news, as South Korea’s defense reform and the West Sea (Yellow Sea) islands combat capability enhancement plan that part of the South Korean government decided to expand the scale of the Marine Corps. South Korean military officials said, the South Korean military forces to expand the Marine Corps, originally meant to protect against large-scale military landing-based defense strategy changed in the event of a conflict can effectively counter the strategy of active defense .
reported that several South Korean government source said Thursday, South Korean Defense Ministry and the Joint Chiefs of Staff decided to expand the scale of the Marine Corps, and in the development of specific plans. Currently, the South Korean Marine Corps scale of 2.7 million names, if the increase in the strength, will increase the 1200-1500 name at least, by up to 2000.
Korea, most of the increase in troops will be deployed to paekyong, Yin Ping Island, a large Qingdao, corner of the Island West Island, part of the book will be edited into the establishment in April this year the waters of the Northwest Command.
report also said that due to low fertility and the aging phenomenon, the growing lack of South Korean troops sources, to increase the Marine Corps, we must reduce the other arms. It is reported that South Korean military to consider reducing the Army to increase the Marine Corps. As of the end of November last year, South Korea’s 520,000 troops size of the Army, Navy, 41,000, 65,000 Air Force, Marine Corps 27,000.