|Rising Tide of AWOLs in N Korea Army|
|by Tom McGregor||Tue, Mar 12, 2013, 05:27 AM|
As Pyongyang increases its military threats against the world, the North Korean military is struggling with an upsurge of AWOL (absent without leave) troops.
According to Yonhap News Agency, "despite repeated war threats from Pyongyang, an increasing number of North Korean soldiers have gone AWOL from their front-line combat units in recent months, sources in Seoul said Tuesday, in a possible sign of rising discontent in the rank and file suffering from grueling winter training and food shortages."
A source is quoted as saying that, "a recent analysis revealed the number of deserters in front-line military units has increased seven to eight times compared to the same period of the previous year. Military and government officials are closely looking into the cause of the rise in desertions."
As reported by Yonhap, "front-line troops are grappling with difficulties in hunting down runaway soldiers while carrying out extensive drills in response to South Korea-U.S. joint exercises, the source said."
The source added, "most of them are rank-and-file soldiers. Frequent training without offering enough food may have led to their desertions."
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