Korean Military Academies

Perpetual insecurity on the Korean peninsula has given rise to a preponderant role for the armed forces in North Korean and South Korean societies, despite clear contrasts in other areas. This entry discusses civil-military relations in North Korea and South Korea, features of military academies, the importance of a military academy education in launching a career, the increase of women in military academies, and North Korea’s military leadership.

The Military and Society

Military service defines life for many men and, though to a lesser extent, women; in North Korea women may also be drafted, whereas in South Korea women’s military service is voluntary. Although the end of South Korea’s military dictatorship in 1987–1988 introduced democratic curbs on the military’s role in politics, both counties are characterized by ...

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