The thing about Boot Camp Pt.2: The thing about M16A1

The Korean army mainly operates with four different assault rifles: the M1 Carbine (the automatic, lighter kind. Not the bolt action weapon.), the M16A1 (Most of them were made in Korea under a license), the K1 submachine gun (this one is an oddball. It was a service carbine/main weapon when it was first introduced as it receives the 5.56 nato ammunition, but it is now treated as an SMG due to its small size), and the K2 automatic rifle.

As of today, the K2 is the main (and practically only) assault rifle the Korean army boys use. The K-1 is more common amongst SWAT and spec ops units that need a weapon that really sticks to their bodies. We, the reserve and even some boys who are in active duty use the service M16A1 during boot camp. At around day 4 or 5, each and every one of us are given our temporary girlfriends (and the active duty boys would receive their ‘wives’ when they are sent off to their respective stations). Continue reading


The thing about Boot camp Pt.1: Introduction and Korean military today

As an abled male South Korean citizen, I have the duty to serve in the nation’s defense for approximately two years. I was conscripted at August 6th this year and completed my basic infantry training in the Republic of Korea Army Training Centre few days back at September 3rd. I must admit that it was the longest four weeks I have ever spent in my life.

I am fortunately a more rare kind compared to my other Korean brothers, as I am eligible for alternative service options thanks to my incredibly flat feet. I am thrown into reserve after the completion of my training instead of serving my time as active serviceman. In reserve, I serve as a public service agent. Our task is assisting in various administrative facilities; and among said facilities, social welfare organizations get priority in men power. Continue reading