After exposing the dark drama of the military camp, the South Korean military announced that it would disband the hunting deserter troops
2021-09-15: [Original Article Link].
According to the US "Stars and Stripes" report, the South Korean military will disband a unit responsible for the arrest of "unauthorized departure" soldiers (AWOL, also known as deserters).
An unnamed South Korean officials on Monday told the Stars and Stripes, consists of about 100 for the tracking and apprehension of the AWOL soldiers of the soldiers of the deserters Hunt force will next July before be disbanded.
The official said the force is gradually becoming unnecessary as the number of deserters within the South Korean army is decreasing. Now there are about 550,000 by active-duty service personnel shall be in South Korea serving in the military from 2016, since military average annual survey 126 cases.
Yonhap pointed out that the purpose of the revision is to minimize the influence of commanders on the judicial process and to exclude generals from the task of investigating military suspects.
According to reports, South Korean men between the ages of 18 and 28 must serve in the military. In recent years, the length of service has been reduced from 21 months to 18 months. However, there are some exceptions to this policy, including serving in local police or fire departments, health exemptions, or winning gold medals at the Asian Games or the Olympics.
The caught "AWOL serviceman" will be sentenced according to the plot. In wartime or national emergencies, deserters can face at least five years in prison, while deserters who have thrown to the enemy may face the death penalty.
The disbandment of the department was a month after the online video streaming platform (Netflix) broadcast the "D.P." is the Korean army dedicated to the Pursuit of deserters of the gendarmerie group (Deserter Pursuit) English abbreviation, the play is adapted from popular comics, about the Korean military barracks bullying, it includes several tales of military men who have been bullied or have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As soon as the TV series went online, it quickly topped the Korean ratings list, and achieved good results in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Japan. South Korean media commented that "the play naked exposes the structural sexual violence in South Korean military camps", and male audiences who have served in military service exclaimed that "this is simply a military camp documentary, too real".
The South Korean Ministry of Defense pointed out that the discussion on the dissolution of the deserter pursuit troops began as early as 2018, and finally decided to "have nothing to do with the plot".
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