SEOUL — Apart from keeping a wary eye on North Korea, South Korea's military is planning a new campaign -- against the use of foul language by young soldiers.
A defence ministry spokesman confirmed on Thursday reports by Yonhap news agency of the campaign against cursing.
Yonhap said Defence Minister Kim Tae-Young, at a strategy meeting on Monday, ordered his staff to increase education on the use of proper language.
"These soldiers aren't teenagers," the agency quoted an unidentified senior ministry official as saying.
"When discharged (in their early 20s), they will go back to society where they cannot continue cursing their way through their entire life. That's why they have to clean up their language."
Another military official said the problem lies with the military culture that condones coarse language.
All able-bodied South Korean men must serve two years in the 655,000-strong military.
North and South Korea have remained technically at war since their 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice without a subsequent peace treaty.
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