Sunday, September 6, 2015

Conscript dropout rates concern South Korea

The Korea Herald also reports on the continuing loss of conscripts by the ROK armed forces:
The military saw a growing number of military servicemen drop out of the mandatory two-year service over the past three years due mainly to maladjustment issues, Defense Ministry data showed Sunday. 
The number of conscripts who were put into the military's rehabilitation centers "Green Camp' has been in a steady growth, with the annual figure soaring from 2,582 in 2012 to 2,657 in 2013 and to reach 3,132 in 2014, according to the data. 
The number stood at 1,725 for the first six months of 2015.

The military keeps 24 green camps with the Army and another four with the Navy in a bid to help conscripts who show signs of suicide or complain maladjustment inside military barracks.

Art therapy and other psychiatric treatment are provided in the weeks-long program before deciding whether to send the inmates back to barracks or to grant them early discharge.

In 2012, a total of 417 inmates were granted an early discharge, while the numbers soared to 515 in 2013 and to 826 for 2014.

For the first half of this year 462 conscripts were discharged in advance.

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