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South Korea military details plan to curb bullying following conscript deaths

Published on Aug 13, 2014 6:02 PM
 
South Korean soldiers take position during a search and arrest operation as troops standoff with a conscript soldier who shot and killed five comrades in Goseong on June 23, 2014. South Korea's military outlined measures on August 13, 2014, to curb barrack-room bullying, following a series of incidents and suicides involving young soldiers serving in isolated frontline units. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's military outlined measures Wednesday to curb barrack-room bullying, following a series of incidents and suicides involving young soldiers serving in isolated frontline units.

The defence ministry said it would offer incentives and rewards for whistle-blowers who report any physical and verbal abuse in barracks, while toughening up penalties for those responsible.

At the same time an online system will be set up for soldiers who need it to seek help, and parents whose sons serve at outposts near the heavily fortified border with North Korea will be allowed to visit their children.

The ministry also said the process of sorting out draftees who are unfit for active duty would be shortened through strengthened personality tests and evaluation.

 
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