By Jun Ji-hye
The Army is test extending the starting time of soldiers' daily schedules by one hour to 9 a.m. from 8 a.m.
The measure was designed to improve work efficiency and quality of life of soldiers by giving them more morning hours.
Since February, the Army has allowed 50 percent of its units to change their working hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Army plans to expand the test operation to all units in October apart from special task forces such as front-line guard.
"Only general missions related, for instance, administrative affairs and training programs are subject to the change. Others related to combat readiness will maintain their patrol on a constant alert," said an official.
If no problem surfaces involving the change during the test operation, the Army plans to officially implement it from next year.
If implemented, the Navy and Air Force are also expected to change their working hours to adjust the joint training time with the Army.