Defense

Comparison table of South And North Korea military force 

                                         Republic of Korea:          DPRK:

 Army                                  506 thousand            1 million 20 thousand

Navy                                      68 thousand            60 thousand

Air force                                 65 thousand           110 thousand

Total                                    639 thousand           1 million 190 thousand

Tanks                                                 2,400         4,200

Armored vehicles                                2,700         2,200

Artillery                                              5,300         8,600

Multiple launch rockets                          200         4,800

Guided ground-to-ground missiles        30          100   (number of launchers)

Combat ships                                       120          420

Amphibious ships                                   10          260

Mine warfare vessels                               10          30

Support ships                                          20          30

Submarines                                             10          70

Combat planes                                      460          820

Control aircrafts                                      50          30

Light transport planes                             40          330

Training aircrafts                                   190          170

Helicopters                                            680          300

Reservists                                    3,2 million         7,7 million


                                                        (Source: ROK Defense White Paper - 2012, p.289)

The ROK has also about 28 thousand US troops on its territory. This deployment is not free: every year South Korean taxpayers finance the troops. For the year 2014, South Korea will pay 920 billion won — about $866.6 million in addition to some contributions toward labor, logistics and construction.

Language difference in the military ranks in South and North Korea

South Korea 

 

 

 

대장 (general)

중장 (lieutenant general)

소장  (major general)

준장 (brigadier general) 


대령 (colonel)

중령 (lieutenant colonel)

소령 (major)

대위 (captain)

중위 (lieutenant)

소위 (second lieutenant)

North Korea

 대원수 (generalissimo)

윈수 (marshal)

차수 (vice-marshal)

대장 (general) 

상장 (lieutenant general)

중장 (major general)

소장 (brigadier general) 

대좌 (senior colonel) 

상좌 (colonel)

중좌 (lieutenant colonel)

소좌 (major)

대위 (captain)

상위 (first lieutenant)

중위 (lieutenant)

소위 (second lieutenant)