The North Korean military has long lost its ability to carry out war, including soldiers starving to death due to the food crisis. It is now estimated that 400,000 men who are malnourished and unable to serve satisfactorily will serve.
In fact, when I was in the army, the supply of food began to stagnate in the late 1980s, and I had to feed three meals of corn, let alone white rice. I’ve never seen meat of any kind throughout the year. Such poverty began in the early 1990s.
At present, the North Korean military has a huge 1.2 million troops. Even though the Korean national army has 700,000 troops, it is feeding nearly twice as many military personnel under this food crisis.
It is not financially and economically feasible that North Korea retains 1.2 million military personnel so much. One day, it is an indispensable preparation for invading and uniforming Korea. (Yun Dae-il, “North Public Security Police”)
Our base was at an altitude of about 1,300 meters. There is also a Korean military position at the same height across the demilitarized zone.
We carry rice and other things, but Korea uses helicopters. The difference between heaven and earth. I was eating three meals rice because it was a front line.
Some units in the rear eat wheat and corn, but their living standards are higher. Even without distribution, the farm is nearby and can be procured separately.
The distribution is 100 grams per day, but 500 grams is better. Even if the prescribed amount comes to the regiment, there are people who take it out and pass it along the way.
They also use it as a bribe to join the Labor Party or to promote. (Asahi Newspaper Aera editorial department “exiles from North Korea”)
He was told that the military’s food situation was better than others, but he usually ate rice, mainly corn and millet, and vegetable soups such as radish, Chinese cabbage, and spinach.
Speaking of feasts, they could only eat white rice and pork, and only eat on New Year’s and Chuseok, or on Kinsatsu and Kim’s birthday. I have never eaten bread. About a year before exile, distribution often stopped even in the military.
He went to a civilian field near a military camp and stole vegetables and corn. Such fields were called “military supply depots” among friends. (Ibid.)