alt
Posted : 2011-01-01 21:38
Updated : 2011-01-01 21:38

N. Korean soldiers leave barracks en masse looking for food

An increasing number of North Korean soldiers are showing “AWOL” behaviors to avoid intense physical training and look for food, the local daily, Chosun Ilbo, said Saturday, sourcing it to RFA.

AWOL is a military acronym for "absence without leave."

“It’s hard to punish them because there are too many of such soldiers,” an unnamed North Korean informant, told RFA in the report.

Some of the soldiers display “on-off’ AWOL behaviors, for example, leaving the barracks in the morning looking for food and coming back in the evening.

“The en masse absence is even causing difficulty in carrying out training according to schedule,” the source said.

The sorry state of the military even earned Kim Jong-un’s ire, who reportedly said: “Those incapable military commanders should resign.”

The informant, introduced in the report as a soldier, put the low morale in the North Korean military this way. “If there were 10 AWOL reports, the actual number would be about 50.”
  • 1. Police arrest 22 men five years after alleged gang rape
  • 2. Korean honeymooner found dead in Thailand, husband missing
  • 3. 84% of 20s having sex numb to dating time
  • 4. Koreans' knowledge of China
  • 5. Police officers caught having 'affairs' with students under their aegis
  • 6. Automated immigration service available to more foreigners
  • 7. Ex-Olympic short track champ killed in motorcycle crash
  • 8. Koreans sleep least in Asia-Pacific region
  • 9. Korea 26th best country to live in; low in 'opportunity'
  • 10. Sanctions push North Korea closer to China