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Surge in number of women joining South Korean military

Last month's attack by North Korea on the southern island of Yeongpyeong has sparked a surge of interest in signing up for the South Korean armed forces.

The elite marine units are proving particularly popular and new military.

Opportunities are also opening up for South Korean women. But fears of fresh hostilities have re-ignited debate about who should and should not play a role in the country's defence.

BBC's Lucy Williamson reports from the South Korean capital Seoul.

  • 17 Dec 2010