17 Jan '11, 5am

A record number of young S.Koreans are flocking to join the Marines after N.Korea shelled a border island

SEOUL - YOUNG South Koreans are flocking to join the Marines in response to North Korea's deadly attack on a border island garrisoned by the corps, an official said on Monday. A total of 4,553 hopefuls have applied for 1,011 openings in the elite corps this month, pushing the competition for places to a record high, said a spokesman for the Military Manpower Administration. Able-bodied men must serve about two years in a branch of the military and can volunteer to do their time in the corps, which requires tough physical tests. Competition to join the Marines has intensified since November 23 when the North shelled South Korea's Yeonpyeong island in the Yellow Sea, killing two civilians and two Marines. The first attack on a civilian area since the 1950-53 war prompted young people in the South to take a tougher stance towards their communist neighbour. More than 80 per ce...

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