SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Army on Friday selected 246 troops as elite combat forces as part of efforts to recognize their dedication to national defense and promote "warrior spirit" in the armed service.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Kim Yong-woo gifted them gold-colored ceremonial berets and badges symbolic of elite forces during a ceremony at the Gyeryongdae military headquarters, 160 kilometers south of Seoul.
The event is part of a program to select, by the end of the year, soldiers who have performed well in 19 areas, including aviation, search, explosive ordnance disposal, combat training and drone operation.
"You are the best combat forces, and I call on you to spread warrior spirit thoughout the entirety of the Army and build a culture in which warriors are respected and recognized," the Army chief of staff said during the ceremony.
The Army has been developing a series of programs to enhance troop morale and discipline as part of efforts to maintain a robust readiness posture despite ongoing efforts to make peace with North Korea.
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