Birth rate drops, South Korea is expected to be short of troops in 2032
An official of the South Korean Military Manpower Administration said on the 13th,Due to the decline in the birth rate and the decline in the total population,South Korea is expected to face the problem of insufficient manpower from 2032.
Yonhap News Agency reported,The head of the Korean Military Manpower Administration spoke at the National Assembly audit session, saying,It is estimated that from 2032,South Korea needs to enlist at least 200,000 troops every year,But only about 180,000 school-age young people can be recruited.”We will face a shortage of (military) personnel”,The countermeasures need to be planned in advance.
All healthy men of appropriate age in South Korea must perform military service for approximately two years.In response to the decline in the birth rate and the accelerated aging of Korea,The South Korean military has optimized its military structure and developed new high-tech equipment in recent years.
In the past 10 years,South Korea’s birth rate continues to be low,The total population growth is extremely slow,In the latter part of 2019, the total population decreased.The life expectancy of the Korean population continues to increase,The media predicts that South Korea may enter a “super-aged society” in 2024,That is, a society where the population of 65 years and over accounts for no less than 20% of the total population of the country.
Korea’s total fertility rate,That is, the average number of children born to a woman of childbearing age,2019 is 0.92,A record low; in contrast,2018 is 0.98.this means,South Korea’s total fertility rate has been below 1 for two consecutive years,It is far from reaching what is needed to ensure the stability of South Korea’s population, that is, maintaining the population at 51 million2.1.(Yang Shuyi)[Micro Feature]