|Soldiers urged to make love, not war
[ 2006-08-07 08:31 ]
South Korea needs soldiers and is calling on its
troops to make them by turning out more babies.
South Korean soldiers salute at
a memorial ceremony at Taesungdong, near the truce village of
Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, July
South Korea's military last week unveiled a new policies aimed at
making it easier for military couples to have and raise children.
The country has the lowest fertility rate among developed nations with
an average of 1.08 children per woman. The birth rate among military
couples is 0.83, officials said.
"The low birth rate can seriously affect our economy, politics and even
national security," said Lieutenant Hong Kyung-moon, an army personnel
The army will try to keep newlyweds
together by allowing them to stay in the same posting for five years so that they
can start and raise a family, Hong said by telephone.
If a military family has a third child, the soldier can select a
geographic area in the country to their
liking for their posting. These policies and others went
into effect on Aug 1.
"We improved the system and believe it will bring an increase in the
birth rate," Hong said.
to sb.'s liking: 按照某人的愿望；合乎某人的意思