How the North Korean military likes to see itself

The Korean People’s Army constitutes the military force of North Korea and, under the Songun policy, the central institution of North Korean society. Kim Jong-un is the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army and Chairman of the Central Military Commission. The KPA defence force consists of five branches: Ground Force, the Navy, the Air Force, the Strategic Rocket Forces, and the Special Operation Force. The Worker-Peasant Red Guards also come under control of the KPA.



Conscription 17 years of age
Available for
military service
6,515,279 males, age 15-29 (2010),
6,418,693 females, age 15-29 (2010)
Fit for
military service
4,836,567 males, age 15-29 (2010),
5,230,137 females, age 15-29 (2010)
Reaching military
age annually
207,737 males (2010),
204,553 females (2010)
Active personnel 1,190,000 (2012) (ranked 4th)
Reserve personnel 600,000 reserves (2012)
5,889,000 paramilitary (2012) (ranked 1st)

Little Kimmy likes his military toys

korea2 mig 29


The submarine fleet is for the most part made up of rust buckets. Looks like Kimmy going for a boat ride in the clunker below.

korea4 rust bucket


During testing a lot of the missiles go way off target.

korea5 hwasong



A high percentage of the force is made up of women.

korea9 russian truck


Poor brainwashed saps. Although they would fight hard I reckon.



Looks like Dennis Rodman helped design these camo uniforms.

0000camo NK

Way too bright. A Canadian sniper could take one of these guys out at over 3,000 meters

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