March 11, 2019 09:42
U.S. soldiers in Korea want to wear face masks to protect them against toxic smog hanging over the Korean Peninsula, the Stars and Stripes reported last Thursday.
Normally they are banned from wearing masks in uniform unless they are sick.
The fine dust "has caused concern among many soldiers and their loved ones as much of South Korea has endured several days of dense pollution that irritates eyes and makes breathing difficult," said the U.S. military newspaper.
In 2017, the U.S. Forces Korea changed rules so that soldiers can train indoors if air quality is unacceptably bad. But only airmen of the 51st Fighter Wing at Osan Air Base are allowed to wear masks.
Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry has started installing air purifiers at barracks, a spokesman said Friday. The ministry plans to install some 60,000 air purifiers at barracks of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines by the end of April.
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