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Not Enough Rifles For 2.2 Millions Reservists, Say Officials

June 13 2011

South Korea

Top defense officials say the South Korean military does not have enough rifles for all of its reserve forces, reports the Korea Times.

The 3.2-million strong reserve has about 1 million rifles, all of which are obsolete, according to senior officials.

"Fifty percent of the rifles in the reserve forces are carbines and the remainder are M-16s," said an official at the ministry's reserves force and resource management office.

The M-16s date from before 1982, while the...

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