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S. Korean Troops Volunteer for Iraq Duty
yahoo ^ | 2005 2/5 | SOO-JEONG LEE

Posted on 02/05/2004 12:11:57 AM PST by serurier

S. Korean Troops Volunteer for Iraq Duty

SEOUL, South Korea - Driven in part by large financial bonuses, about 18,000 South Korean soldiers have volunteered for a mission to help the U.S.-led coalition rebuild Iraq (news - web sites), a military official said Thursday.

South Korea (news - web sites) has plans to send as many as 3,000 troops to Iraq as early as April in a mission making South Korea the biggest coalition partner after the United States and Britain.

Parliament must still approve the dispatch, but all major parties have said they would support it and the military is already preparing by soliciting volunteers and training soldiers as Arabic translators.

On Thursday, the military said 18,000 soldiers have already applied for service and that more applicants were expected before Tuesday's deadline. Volunteers will be winnowed after parliament approves the dispatch.

"I think soldiers want to build experience abroad, and especially among young soldiers, there is a willingness to experience something new," army spokesman Col. Ha Doo-chul said.

Ha added that the high salary for Iraq duty is also a motivating factor.

A sergeant sent to Iraq can expect monthly pay of $1,100, compared to the $15 he would make back home under mandatory military service.

The new dispatch of 3,000 troops to the northern Iraqi oil town of Kirkuk is to include special forces and combat-ready marines. It would come in addition to 460 South Korean military medics and engineers already operating in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah.

The dispatch is unpopular with the public, but President Roh Moo-hyun has backed the move as a show of support for South Korea's top ally, the United States.


TOPICS: War on Terror
KEYWORDS: allies; allysouthkorea; iraq; multinational; southkorea
Bless S. Korean Forces !
1 posted on 02/05/2004 12:11:58 AM PST by serurier
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To: Steel Wolf; archy; yonif; Severa; risk; Ragtime Cowgirl; LaDivaLoca; Calpernia; bentfeather; ...
Freedom will win !!!
2 posted on 02/05/2004 12:12:53 AM PST by serurier (We come here for the freedom of the world)
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To: serurier
Wonderful news!

THANK YOU SOUTH KOREA!!!
3 posted on 02/05/2004 12:18:43 AM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: serurier
Good for them! I welcome then and wish them well and safe.
4 posted on 02/05/2004 12:20:09 AM PST by Fledermaus (Democrats are just not capable of defending our nation's security. It's that simple!)
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To: serurier
But I'm sure Kerry will think they are "fradulant" not really a part of the coalition.
5 posted on 02/05/2004 12:20:41 AM PST by Fledermaus (Democrats are just not capable of defending our nation's security. It's that simple!)
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To: serurier
God BLESS the South Koreans. I don't believe they are all in it for the money. Not when they would be putting their lives on the line.

This would give them some acutely useful resources for defending their own land.

I like it. Hope Parliament okays it.

I don't think the world has seen the mettle of the South Koreans yet. And God bless the memory of Harry S[toutheart] Truman for giving them the freedom "yesterday" so they could stand up and volunteer today.

God bless and keep our soldiers and allies' soldiers safe, wherever they serve in the world.
6 posted on 02/05/2004 12:23:25 AM PST by GretchenEE (The woman who walks with God always gets to her destination.)
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To: Fledermaus
SOUTH KOREA Soldier are hero of freedom world !
7 posted on 02/05/2004 12:28:01 AM PST by serurier (We come here for the freedom of the world)
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To: GretchenEE
Thank you very much , South Koreans soldier fight , for freedom of the world .
8 posted on 02/05/2004 12:34:08 AM PST by serurier (We come here for the freedom of the world)
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To: serurier
The ROK's were some of the toughest troops in the Vietnam war.


9 posted on 02/05/2004 3:13:46 AM PST by Jaxter ("Vivit Post Funera Virtus")
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To: serurier; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; TEXOKIE; Alamo-Girl; windchime; Grampa Dave; ...
Bless S. Korea, freedom will win, bump!

Republic of Korea 

NON-UN-ilateral, ping for our S. Korean allies!

  U.S.A. does not face terrorists alone

8 Coalition Forces


10 posted on 02/05/2004 4:53:03 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
bump
11 posted on 02/05/2004 6:41:36 AM PST by Valin (Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.)
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To: GretchenEE
re: I don't think the world has seen the mettle of the South Koreans yet.)))

We certainly have not seen it. Perhaps, eventually, someday, maybe, perhaps--we'll get a look.

Better extremely late than never.

12 posted on 02/05/2004 6:44:58 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
NON-UN-ilateral, ping for our S. Korean allies ~ Bump!
13 posted on 02/05/2004 8:59:02 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
NON-UN-ilateral, ping for our S. Korean allies ~ Bump!

14 posted on 02/05/2004 9:00:59 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: serurier
ROK troops are pretty hard-core, too.
15 posted on 02/05/2004 10:14:27 AM PST by Britton J Wingfield
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To: cateizgr8
ping :)
16 posted on 02/05/2004 10:14:41 AM PST by Britton J Wingfield
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To: serurier
Bump!
17 posted on 02/05/2004 10:21:40 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bump!
18 posted on 02/05/2004 10:26:00 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Mamzelle
Please kindly take a moment to read serurier's reply at #8.
19 posted on 02/05/2004 12:30:57 PM PST by GretchenEE (The woman who walks with God always gets to her destination.)
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To: GretchenEE
Skoreans have sent a grand total of 700 non-soldiers to Iraq. I believe we've sent more US civilians to open JC Penney's (and other civilian help and enterprises) in Baghdad than that.

Those 700 also arrived long after the fall of Baghdad.

3000 troops, this late in the game? Well, better late than never.

20 posted on 02/06/2004 7:47:53 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle
If you believe President Bush -- and I do -- we need them, which is why he keeps calling for more help from other nations.

Every nation that sends troops means it costs you less in tax money. If you can't get behind this for any other reason, maybe that would do.

To me, the glass is half full, and filling. This is a big step for South Korea and can only benefit their military strength with so threatening a group of neighbors, while helping us and helping Iraq. I'm glad for it.
21 posted on 02/06/2004 12:51:30 PM PST by GretchenEE (The woman who walks with God always gets to her destination.)
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To: GretchenEE
I'm glad enough--just exceedingly unimpressed. this gesture mostly draws attn to the lack of help we have thus far received. Considering how many tens of thousands of American soldiers have died to make Koreans free and affluent--seems pretty paltry, and not exactly time for a big party.

But every slow, reluctant, little bit helps.

22 posted on 02/06/2004 1:02:49 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle
"seems pretty paltry, and not exactly time for a big party."

Remember that they have a nutty nextdoor neighbour with more weapons than sense - they cannot afford to send too many combat-ready elements far from their homeland. Besides, the ROK special forces and Marines have reputations that preceed them; if the jihadists have any sense (fat chance), they will take pause.
23 posted on 04/10/2004 11:22:25 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (To increase the power of the State over the individual is a crime against Humanity.)
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