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South Korean Marines Lend a Hand to Farmers During Spring Planting Season


POHANG, May 21 (Korea Bizwire) – In a display of community service, the South Korean Marine Corps has announced its plans to provide much-needed assistance to farmers during the busy spring planting season in the Pohang region of North Gyeongsang Province.

The agricultural support initiative, which commenced on April 16, will continue until May 31, with marine personnel deployed across 15 locations, including Janggi-myeon, Homigot-myeon, Guryongpo-eup, Heunghae-eup, Songna-myeon, and Jukjang-myeon. 


To ensure a smooth and efficient operation, the Marine Corps has mobilized a substantial workforce, comprising approximately 900 soldiers daily and a total of 10,020 personnel from the 1st Marine Division, Logistics Support Command, Naval Air Command, and Camp Mujuk’s U.S. Marine contingent. 

The marines will engage in a variety of tasks, such as transporting seedling trays, thinning fruit on trees, and offering medical assistance to local residents. Their efforts aim to alleviate the labor shortage faced by farmers during this critical period of agricultural activity.


Additionally, the Rapid Response Battalion of the 1st Marine Division, stationed on Jeju Island, will extend its support by assisting with garlic harvesting in the Seogwipo region until the end of May. 

To safeguard the well-being of the participating marines, the Marine Corps has implemented measures to prevent heat-related illnesses, including the provision of drinking water and adherence to safety protocols. Furthermore, an integrated aid station will be established to ensure prompt assistance if needed. 


In recognition of the marines’ contributions, the Pohang city government will record their volunteer efforts and provide buses and necessary tools to facilitate their work. 

“Through this spring planting season support initiative, we aim to embody the spirit of a people’s military that coexists harmoniously with local communities,” said Kim Ki-tae, a logistics staff officer from the 1st Marine Division.

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