Robbery and Scandal of Military Personnel

Many defectors have testified to North Korean servicemen being robbed.

More recently, Kim Jong Il has been using the word “Songun Thought” to emphasize the military. “Songun thought” is also an expression of Kim Jong Il’s will to strengthen the army and hurry preparations for the war.
However, contrary to Kim Jong Il’s demands, the discipline of military personnel has been loosened, and some have begun to group as a beast. After all, the salary of soldiers is only 1.8 won. After that, the soldiers went up to 2.5 won for high-ranking officers, 3.5 won for non-commissioned officers, 5 won for ranks, and 9 won for superiors, but they are still insignificant.
Moreover, even if they get paid, they are not allowed to go out, and only military stores are allowed to use them, so they cannot buy what they want. There are no good products in military stores. I also had no use for the 1.8 won I received right after joining the army, so I gave up my senior soldier to use it for cigarettes.
In addition, scandals often occur, in which soldiers break into private homes, rob food and livestock, and eventually work to rape, because supplies, including food, are not satisfactorily supplied. In addition, there are some things that are not in the military, such as military service.
For example, guards guarding the border between China and North Korea have begun to smuggle various smugglers and receive dollars in return for missing outbound borders. A flat fee of $ 300 will be raised as a toll from Chinese Koreans who cross the border between China and North Korea.
Because it is inevitable from North Korean residents who do not have dollars, it is a salt plum that requests cigarettes and alcohol. In this way, the officers and soldiers who fertilize plainclothes in the border areas are confused about the fact that they want to save $ 200,000 during the period. (Yun Dae-il, “Public Security Police in the North”)
During my one year in China, I have seen a lot of robust young Chinese soldiers. The Longjing side guards who captured me were all of great physique, flushed and flushed, full of vigor and vigor.
By contrast, the body of a lean soldier of our People’s Army, which is so contrasting, is like a broken umbrella with a broken axis. Not only the people, but also the army with the gun, is starving.
Military soldiers beat nearby citizens to rob pockets of money, parked cars, forcibly drained gasoline, and buried hunger by buying and selling gold. Now the army has gone down villages and towns like a hungry tiger, becoming an unlawful group that robbed people of their lives and fortunes. (Han Won-chae “The Departure”)
Because it is inevitable from North Korean residents who do not have dollars, it is a salt plum that requests cigarettes and alcohol. In this way, the officers and soldiers who fertilize plainclothes in the border areas are confused about the fact that they want to save $ 200,000 during the period. (Ibid)
Some people, such as the People’s Army, acted as robbers. Of particular interest were the black marketers and the haulers on board the train with supplies. He began to roll up the black market goods and call it “the raid,” or to get on the train and take the food, goods, money, etc. from the passengers in the daylight.
Eventually, police and railroad security officers who have come to the point where guns and guns are forcibly robbed have no authority to crack down on the People’s Army, and have no choice but to look at them. Only the People’s Army Police can crack down. (Shinichi Nebe, “North Korea Exile 730th Document”)
In the fall of 1990, one squadron of the Korean People’s Army came to our village to dig a rock on the riverbank. In the past, there were many cases where ordinary homes were provided as temporary housing for the military, but their behavior was too domineering and they behaved like beasts, so everyone closed their entrances and hated talking to them It is now
Stealing grain from the working crew’s warehouse, stealing things while the family in the house where they stayed is preparing meals, and assaulting young and old if they meet women in unpopular places A terrible incident was happening in quick succession. One girl was beaten, killed, buried in the field, and even humiliated by a grandmother with a cane.
At that time, the grandmother complained with tears, saying, “I’m so old, please pardon me”, but they said, “Is the elderly a woman?” . The fear and anger of military personnel reached their limits, and when women walked down the road, they could just look at the soldiers and flip their hair all over. No one officially calls the military the “Korean People’s Army.” On the contrary, they used to call themselves “bandits” or “Coimmunist bandits”. (Bu Ji-rong,Woman who abandoned her homeland)

The following is another military scandal, separate from robbery.

Kim Jong Il began purging the 6th Corps stationed in Chongjin. Late one night, residents heard the sounds of the engines of many trucks and tanks and smelled the nose of exhaust gas.
All 3000 soldiers and all tanks, trucks and armored vehicles left town. The most credible explanation for this is that the Sixth Corps was dismantled because Kim Jong Il wanted a closer grasp of the corps’ financial status. The North Korean army operates a number of trading companies that export stalks, amphetamines, and heroin, a major source of foreign currency for the regime from Matsutake.
The corruption inside the Sixth Corps may have escalated and meanwhile, while executives hungry and hungry, they were punished by the big bosses, like the mafia world. (Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy:Ordinary Lives in North Korea)