All Report

<N.Korea> North Korean Military Facing Recruit Shortage Due to Increased Draft Dodgers and Deserters

Soldiers broiling corn that they stole from a nearby field. They are all skinny. September 2008. Taken by Chang Jeong-gil (ASIAPRESS)

 

2017/Jan/20

An ASIAPRESS reporting partner inside North Korea reported that a number of draft evasion–malingering–and desertion have taken place, causing recruit shortage in the North Korean People’s Army.  Based on an interview with an officer concerned, the state authority is taking strong measures against it.

In the Mid-January, the reporting partner in a Northern part of North Korea met an officer of the “Military Service and Mobilization Division.”  It is lead by a formation instructor who belongs to Ministry of People’s Armed Forces.  Since the division is in charge of recruitment, the reporting partner asked about the supplementary recruitment of soldiers.
Related article: <Photo Report on N.Korea> Starving People’s Army: Mother Concerns Conscripted Son

He reported that “According to an officer of the Military Service and Mobilization Division, the number of new recruits is only around 86% in proportion to the number of discharged soldiers.  Since the military is facing recruit shortage, the state authority has ordered to conscript every potential recruit–except people with a serious physical problem.  Therefore, the division has already started to go to each school to carry out medical checks for the next recruitment in the coming spring.  It is because parents often scheme to prevent their children from getting drafted–such as faking sickness–when the recruitment season approaches.  This time, the Military Service and Mobilization Division has intended to conduct medical checks before the evasion occurs.”

What is the fundamental reason for the shortage of soldiers in the North Korean People’s Army?  In fact, the social chaos and famine in the mid-1990s have given birth to the phenomenon.  A huge number of children including toddlers starved to death during the period.  Those who managed to survive have extremely smaller body due to malnutrition.  Moreover, declining birth rate was accelerated since more and more people could not afford to raise children.  At present, the “generation of famine” has occupied a considerable number of soldiers in the army.  This is the biggest cause of the lack of soldiers.  The shortage has inevitably throttled the conventional troop organization and formation.
Related article: Soldier’s Hard Life 5. Poorly Nourished Young Soldiers: Soldiers’ hunger started from 80’s.

From 2013, reportedly, the Kim Jong-un regime has lowered down the minimum standard of height from 145 cm to 142 cm for men.  In 2014, the period of the military service was extended by a year: 11 years for men and seven years for women.  They are the attempts to solve the recruit shortage.

[Note: A source said that the period of the military service was changed again at the end of 2016 although the information has not been confirmed yet.]

Next page:  Other problems

Pages:

1

2

Related post

  1. <Interview with inside N.Korea> …
  2. Soldiers of units posted at the West-South Front facing South Korea. Careful observation of the young soldiers in the picture confirms that most appear frail. (Source. Rodong Sinmun. Aug/2012) Korean People’s Army Exten…
  3. A picture issued by the North Korean state-run media as the scene of the arrest of former Vice Chairman of National Defense Commission, Jang Song-thaek at the Korean Workers' Party Politburo expanded meeting on Dec.2013. The series of purges related to Jang continues unabated. (A screen grab from North Korean state-run KCTV) Possible Further Executions Rela…
  4. [Video Report] Fleeing back alle…
  5. A picture issued by the North Korean State run media as the scene of the arrest of former Vice Chairman of National Defense Commission, Jang Song-thaek at the KWP Politburo expanded meeting. (PHOTO: A screen grab from KCTV.) N.Korean Authorities Distribute …
  6. <Photo Report> Kotchebi, the Hom…
  7. N. Korean TV pixelates the image…
  8. <Field Report On N.Korea> Delaye…

Pickup

Chongjin, North Hamkyung Province. September, 2013  ASIAPRESS N.Korea Market Survey Reveals Basic Food Price Hike PHOTO1 N.Korea IT Report – PART1: Kids Master Emoticons and Movies with Mobile phones A bottle of domestic "penicillin", made at the Suncheon medical factory. ASIAPRESS Embezzled UN Aid Circulates in N.Korean Underground – End to Free Healthcare, Illegal Abortions Widespread A political assembly held by a KWP regional branch that took place a half year before the purge of Jang Song-thaek. The ranking officials discussed and addressed the people's allegiance and dedications to Kim Jong-un. (Summer/2013/ASIAPRESS) Possible Firing Squad Executions Punish Violators of “Kim Jong-un’s Instructions” This picture is taken from raw video footage captured in Sosong District, Pyongyang in the summer of 2006. Female students are assembled near the Three Revolution Exhibition museum to practice for a military parade in honor of Kim Jong-il's birthday. Each student is wearing a white shoulder-cloth inscribed with a consecutive number. (Lee Jun / Pyongyang / August 2006) ASIAPRESS The Truth Behind N.Korea’s Military Parades 〈Photo Report- 6 (a)〉 The Government’s Command is for a “Strong and Prosperous Nation” — but Workers Tired Out at Pyongyang Construction Sites to Build 100,000 Apartments

Korean   Japanese

 

Rimjingang_facebook Rimjingang_twitter Rimjingang_YouTube

Rimjin-gang English Edition for iPad App

New Report

  1. [Video Report] N.Korea Regulation Officer at Market
  2. <Inside North Korea> Alert for Drone! Ammunition Distributed to Shoot Down!
  3. Kim Jong-nam: Image of Nice Guy Created by Media
  4. <Inside North Korea> Interview with Two North Koreans: Shock and Horror on Assassination of Kim Jong-nam
  5. <Inside N. Korea> The Chinese-North Korean Border is under Strict Control
  6. [Video Report] North Korean Kids on the Battle of Life
  7. [Video Report] People under pressure for requisition of military provision (REFERENCE PHOTO) An old farming woman picks up the rumps from the ears of dried corn in a post-harvest field, to ease her family's food condition. (In a village near the city of Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province. September. 2008. Taken by Shim Ui-chun)  ASIAPRESS
PAGE TOP