An analysis of the civilianization of the Ministry of National Defense in the Republic of Korea in support of Defense Reform 2020
Hatch, Willam D.
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The purpose of this study is to investigate the feasibility of the civilianization plan of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in the Republic of Korea (ROK). MND developed a plan to construct modernized military power and to operate it efficiently and effectively. MND promotes the plan to increase civilian personnel ratio inside the Headquarters by 2009, which is relatively faster than other main policies. Moreover, the environment inside and outside the organization is not mature enough to drive this policy quickly. There are also widely differing points of view on this policy between military members and civilian personnel. Defense ministries in other countries, especially the United States, have well-developed systems to educate and recruit civilian experts. By doing so, they attained a high level of civilian participation while minimizing possible problems. Many people in the organization worry about this plan because there are not enough organizations and systems to educate and train civilian defense experts. Although the direct comparison of workforce capability between military members and civilian personnel is limited, there are advantages and disadvantages that can be obtained through civilianization. Therefore, it is necessary to change this policy to a long-term one with more elaborate procedures.
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