South Korea's military will put more women in the frontline as part of efforts to expand their opportunities in the armed forces, an official said Thursday.
Boo Jae-Won, head of the defence ministry's personnel planning bureau, said 12 combat branches will be opened up to female soldiers between 2012 and 2014.
"We will open up artillery and armour branches of the army to women," Boo was quoted by Yonhap news agency as saying. The air force's air defence and the navy's fire control would also be opened.
The plan was to have women making up seven percent of all officers and five percent of non-commissioned officers by 2015 and 2017, respectively, he said.