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ROTC program grows popular among coeds

The Army’s college-based program to train officers is drawing keen attention among young women now that they are allowed to enroll in the Reserve Officer Training Corps as of last year, officials said Monday.

South Korea’s Army picked 60 female ROTC cadets from seven selected universities last year as part of its efforts to secure more talented female officers and give more opportunities to women.

From this year, all universities allowed female students into ROTC.

About 1,700 female students applied for 220 ROTC positions this year with the competition ratio standing at 7.7 to 1, the defense ministry said in a statement. Last year, the competition ratio for female applicants was 6 to 1, it said. 

(Yonhap News)