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Military to Ship COVID-19 Treatment Pills to Overseas Units

Military to Ship COVID-19 Treatment Pills to Overseas Units

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s military is set to ship COVID-19 treatment pills to three overseas units Friday following virus outbreaks there, officials here said. Pfizer’s Paxlovid antiviral pills will be sent by air to the contingents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), South Sudan and Lebanon under Thursday’s distribution approval by [...]

Gov’t Allows Convicted Conscientious Objector to Do Alternative Service for 1st Time

Gov’t Allows Convicted Conscientious Objector to Do Alternative Service for 1st Time

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — The government has allowed a convicted conscientious objector to replace his military service duty with an alternative service for the first time, a decision suggesting a softening of the government’s stance on the issue. Jeong Wook, who was sentenced to a one-year jail term for draft dodging and served [...]

S. Korea’s Military to Deploy Homegrown Surveillance Drones by 2031

S. Korea’s Military to Deploy Homegrown Surveillance Drones by 2031

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s military approved a plan Monday to locally develop and deploy a reconnaissance and surveillance drone by 2031 to better defend the country’s northwestern border islands, the state arms procurement agency said. The Defense Project Promotion Committee endorsed the project worth 570 billion won (US$479 million) for the [...]

Military Deploys Upgraded Chemical, Biological Reconnaissance Vehicles

Military Deploys Upgraded Chemical, Biological Reconnaissance Vehicles

SEOUL, Dec. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea has completed the deployment of upgraded reconnaissance vehicles with stronger capabilities to counter chemical and biological security threats, the state arms procurement agency said Wednesday. The chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle is able to monitor hazardous airborne agents from a long distance and can [...]

S. Korea Mulls Shipment of Booster Doses to Overseas Units amid Omicron Concerns

S. Korea Mulls Shipment of Booster Doses to Overseas Units amid Omicron Concerns

SEOUL, Dec. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea is considering sending COVID-19 vaccines for booster shots to its troops abroad, officials said Friday, amid concerns over breakthrough infections and the omicron variant. It initially sought the local supply of additional vaccines needed for booster jabs. But it has begun consultations with the Korea Disease Control [...]

Enlisted Soldiers Granted ‘Compassionate Leave’ for More than 30 Days

Enlisted Soldiers Granted ‘Compassionate Leave’ for More than 30 Days

SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting from next year, enlisted soldiers will be allowed to take compassionate leave for more than 30 days when they need to be hospitalized for an extended period of time. The Ministry of National Defense recently went through the process of advance legislation notice for the partial revision of [...]