July 18, 2011
US and South Korean troops will stage an annual joint exercise next month to improve their combat-readiness, military authorities said Monday amid high cross-border tensions.
The 10-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise will begin on August 16, the Combined Forces Command said in a statement.
Ulchi Freedom Guardian is an annual computer-assisted simulation command post exercise with a focus on “training service members while exercising senior leaders’ decision-making capabilities”, it said.
The exercise involves “many US soldiers stationed here as well as some 3,000 who will come from abroad”, a US military spokesman told AFP, adding however that there would be no field training.
The South’s defence ministry said tens of thousands of South Korean soldiers would take part in the exercise.