Military Capabilities

RoKA confirms plans to cut personnel numbers to 365,000 by 2022

11 October 2019

The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) confirmed in a report presented to South Korea's National Assembly on 11 October that it plans to reduce the number of active military personnel by about 100,000 to 365,000 by 2022 as part of defence reforms aimed at creating a smaller and more technologically advanced military.

Citing forecast data from Statistics Korea, the Yonhap News Agency reported on the same day that one of the reasons behind the move is that South Korea's low birth-rate is likely to lead to a decrease in the number of male citizens in their 20s to less than 250,000 after 2022, compared with about 350,000 in 2018.

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