Korea's army of senior citizens ready for battle. 'I don't remember the rifles being so heavy'

Article here. I have another idea: draft women. Or is that too nutty an idea even if the US armed forces insists women make even better soldiers than men? Excerpt:

'Excluding the two women in the group, most of these retirees or near-retirees had undergone South Korea’s compulsory military service in their youth. But the decades of rust were showing.

“I don’t remember the rifles being so heavy,” said 62-year-old Kang Shin-kwang.

As a young conscript four decades ago, Kang was a machine gunner stationed near the border with North Korea. But today, as the sticker pasted to his right breast indicates, he serves in the Senior Army.
With the Senior Army assembled behind him in military formation, co-founder Choi Young-jin, a 62-year-old university politics professor, recited the group’s oath:

In light of the country’s population crisis, we will prepare ourselves so that we may one day be of service in the nation’s military reserves.
But South Korea’s fertility crisis is now complicating its military prowess.

Under current law, all able-bodied South Korean men are required to serve in the military for a period of 18 to 21 months, depending on the branch.

But with South Korean women now giving birth to just 0.78 children over their lifetimes — far short of the 2.1 needed to maintain the current population — the military will soon find itself short on conscripts.

By 2040, according to the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, a government think tank, the country’s active duty force will shrink from 500,000 to 360,000, its reserve force from 3.1 to 1.6 million.'

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