Korea – Enhancing Mission Capability of Militant Field Forces

Recently, bitter cold of about 10 degrees below zero has continually swept along even in rear area. However, army units’ intensive cold weather tactical drills are on the go.

Soldiers of the 37th Infantry Division of Korean Army carry out a search-and-destroy training operation during an intensive cold weather tactical drill.
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Each unit under the 37th Army Division is conducting independently its cold weather training from Jan. 16 to Feb. 17. For example, Joongwon Regiment overcame an adverse condition of better cold to carry out its cold weather training, which was designed for them to improve their winter operation capability. In order for its training to be conducted in real world situations, the regiment was given both regional infiltration and total war situations.

In addition, the regiment created its aggressor forces for its soldiers to be trained for five days under conditions that closely resemble real combat. The unit also did not use heating apparatuses at all for being more successful actual fight training.

In fact, before the training began, the unit had got its soldiers to prepare for the training through such activities as overcoming a bitter spell of cold, running at dawn, discussing tactics, and improving their combat skills on the basis of individuals and small groups.

“I came to not only know what to do when confronted with a warfare, but, by feeling directly the body temperature of my fellow soldiers, have a closer friendship with them as well,” said a sergeant, who had participated in the training.

In addition to Jungwon Regiment, Wolgin Regiment under the 50th Army Division has fully prepared the operation capabilities appropriate for real world situations by conducting a severe cold weather drill.

The regiment took the training this time as a good opportunity to correct the defects of its operation plans, by validating and verifying them, as well as to experience a winter combat situation.

In particular, the unit had vitally prepared for the training to attain a complete success. As a preparation, the unit explained the specific examples in the book The 1996 Kanglung Counter-Infiltration Operations to the entire executive-level personnel and, then, had them discuss what they had heard thematically, thus making them broaden their knowledge of tactics.

Also the regiment had its personnel certify their own ability to deal with situations by operational phase. For this purpose, the soldiers had to be intensively trained to improve their small-unit combat skills.

Conducted around Uljin and Yeongdeok, North Gyeongsang, the training was conducted like an actual warfare, which was closely connected the wartime and peacetime missions. This realistic training ranged from counter amphibious operation to an invasion upon the nuclear power plants at Uljin, in which both the shore parties and the land forces participated.

“Through the training conducted this time, we built completely a mission-centered unit spirit, focusing on the unit’s primary policy of ‘No other than combat readiness and education and training,’” said Col. Kim Seong-soo, commander of the Uljin Regiment.

Kim went on to say, “we will keep carrying out impeccably our missions as the birthplace of the rigorous defense against the east sea.”

Ministry of National Defense, Republic of Korea

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