Soldiers Jostle to Join Korean Forces in Afghanistan

      April 09, 2010 13:13

      Competition for Army troops volunteering to protect the Korean Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan is almost 10 to 1, the Army said Thursday.

      Some 908 personnel applied for the 95 available posts. Army Headquarters are screening 12 officers, 5 warrant officers, 13 petty officers, and 65 enlisted men.

      In all, some 320 personnel will protect the Korean team in Afghanistan's Parwan Province from July 1. Some 238 Air Force troops applied for another 41 positions available, a competition ratio of 5.8 to 1.

      Also included in the contingent on the protection mission are 126 special forces soldiers including 3 women, 15 Marines who will guard the Korean Embassy in Kabul, and 40 communications, medical, maintenance, military police and security personnel.

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