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Salaries of rank-and-file soldiers to rise sharply this year

All News 15:18 January 04, 2018

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Yonhap) -- Monthly wages for rank-and-file soldiers will rise by an average 87.8 percent this year, a government pay raise plan for public servants showed Thursday.

The sharp raise is in line with President Moon Jae-in's campaign promise to increase the salaries of conscripts to half the minimum wage by 2022.

According to the personnel and management ministry's pay raise plan for public servants, the salary of sergeants will be raised to 405,700 won (US$381.66) this year from 216,000 won last year.

The salaries of privates, privates first class and corporals will rise from 163,000 won to 306,100 won; from 176,400 won to 331,300 won; and from 195,000 won to 366,200 won, respectively, according to the plan.

By law, all able-bodied South Korean men must serve in the military for about two years, in a country that faces North Korea across a heavily fortified border. Violators are punished with prison terms.

Apart from soldiers, the salaries of ordinary public servants will be raised by an average 2.6 percent while those of senior officials will rise by 2 percent, according to the plan.

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