SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's new chief of the Army vowed to focus on defense reforms to strengthen combat capability as he officially took office on Friday.
"Taking the defense reform drive as an opportunity for the Army to leap forward, I will build up a powerful army," Gen. Kim Yong-woo said in his inauguration speech as the Army chief of staff at the Army headquarters in Gyeryongdae.
"The army needs to be optimized as an organization focused on combat and reserve forces should also be strengthened," Kim said.
He vowed efforts to hand over the Army's non-combat duties to the private sector while increasing the reserve forces' preparedness for combat.
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