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MilitaryI am an Army Staff Sergeant serving in the South Korean SOF unit that inspired the recent TV Show "Descendants of the Sun". AMA.

Apr 21st 2016 by Kr-SF • 13 Questions • 112 Points

I am a Republic of Korea (ROK) Army Military Intelligence Staff Sergeant (linguistic) currently in support of the ROK joint special operations unit that inspired the recently concluded South Korean TV show "Descendants of the Sun".

  • If you have no idea what that show is, be glad and skip ahead. I'm not a famous public figure nor an accomplished Solider but I'm mainly doing this AMA to basically crush fatuous fantasies of foolish girls who can't discern the reality and a TV show. It's becoming quite problematic in my part of town and annoying me to no end.

*Also, if you have an interest on special operations and/or intelligence community in South Korea, you're welcome to ask away.

Proof: http://s31.postimg.org/tk8nlcmuz/IMG_0381_1.jpg This proof is identifiable since my unit is the only one in the world that wears this pattern of camouflage. No, it's not desert MARPAT.

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Thanks for doing this. I watched Descendants of the Sun. :) There were some well choreographed scenes and parts of the acting were enjoyable. Like you, I thought the Delta operator scene, among others was complete crap-- and almost spat out the water I was drinking. Coincidentally, I am Asian and female.

Question(s):

    1. How do volunteer medical services work in conjunction with the armed forces?
    1. What is the greatest potential conflict facing the Korean peninsula?

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A:
  1. I'm sorry I can't really answer your first question as I don't know a whole lot about this field. I heard that civilian medical sector helped out/cooperated with SF units that had combat deployments to Afghanistan just a few years ago. Although I would imagine it's nothing like the Korean "drama".

  2. I would say small regional provocations committed by NK spiralling out of control to a war. "Loyalty competition" is getting to be a serious business up in there, which means NK military commanders are making reckless decisions to achieve small-scale victories in skirmishes to impress KJU. We've had quite a few armed confrontation and field engagements lately and there's no saying that they will not, some day, get out of hand.


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Thanks for replying

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Welcome, mate.


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You are either lying or you are the worst intel soldier i have ever seen. Your commander right now has shed their human form and transformed into a ball of anger. My question is what was your punishment for this breach of opsec?

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None. Since I'm not breaching any security parameters in any way. Revealing the fact that I'm MI while staying anonymous is not a breach of OPSEC.

I can't believe this is the top thread at the moment...


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How effective is the North's counter surveillance of the Republic?

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As far as I'm concerned, they do not have necessary means to effectively counter the ROK-US combined ISR assets.


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Are there any nasty border-conflicts with North Korea?


Q:

So ... this AMA is to get the ladies off your back? That's what you're saying?

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I would only be able to get'em off my back if I disclosed my name and appearances.


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Are you Korean?

Ahhh.. this is a question that can be answered in a very lengthy manner but I'll just keep it short. It is common practice, and in fact, required for "junior enlisted" and NCOs that they fulfil a certain period of "barracks life" or "in-base life". SF Sergeants used to have to stay 2 years on base without weekend leaves except for their regular annual leaves but now it's shortened to 3 months. And yes, every regular soldier gets some housing compensation. By regular, I mean Staff Sergeant and above. Not junior enlisted doing their mandatory service years.

To answer your next question, I think he is just a saint who is able to keep his cool. He would be in a more serious pickle if he fought back. Because the media and consequently, the chain of command do that to you. "Soldier assaults civilians". Absolutely ridiculous. I, too, have been instructed before to suck it up even if I get punched in the face by a civvie for no reason.

The camouflage in the proof photo I provided is only worn by the members of "Akh Unit" in the UAE. μ•„ν¬λΆ€λŒ€ in Korean. You can google it.


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I spent my secondary school years in Singapore. 5 years. No, I'm not stationed in Songpa. I was stationed in Gangnam, but my unit relocated to suburban area after I deployed here so I'll be out of Seoul once I PCS back to Korea.


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What is the korean game reality show (like running man, sorta) where you have to use wits and deceit to get gems as the currency? and is that a popular show?

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I don't watch Korean reality TV shows.


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How accurate was the drama based on your experiences? For example in the drama the characters got very involved in the lives of people they were protecting. Or just anything about the drama you thought was inaccurately portrayed?

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I mentioned in a thread that I only watched a two-minute clip from the show and that was it.

With regards to the example you cited, no. The Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense has not committed the armed forces to combat deployments since the Vietnam War, although one Army Staff Sergeant Yoon Jang-ho was killed from a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan in 2007. Also, there was Operation Dawn of Gulf of Aden in which our SEALs kicked some Somali pirates' arses. But then again, there hasn't been combat deployments per se since the end of the Vietnam War in the '70s.

So, no. If you see characters in the show go guns blazing, that would be way off base from the reality.


Q:

Why does your army need a linguistics officer? You have one enemy and they speak the same language.

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I'm not an officer.

But to answer your question, any armed forces has working relations with other countries' militaries. In case of South Korea, we maintain a very robust alliance with the U.S. and close cooperation with other democratic allies. So linguistic assets are high in demand.


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North Koreans, Russians, Chinese, Japanese.

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Those, too.


Q:

How is real life different from the official US Army Video Game (Americas Army : Proving Grounds)?

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I do not serve in the US Army, nor have I played that video game.