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SEOUL — Officials say 6,855 South Korean men applied for 1,830 positions as Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army this year.

Only about one in four will be selected when officials use a computer program to randomly draw the names on Dec. 7.

All male South Korean citizens must begin a two-year term of military service between ages 18 and 29 or face criminal sanctions.

They can complete this service as a KATUSA or by joining the Republic of Korea (ROK) army, navy, air force or marines.

Those selected will help form the almost 3,800-member force that serves with the U.S. military in South Korea.

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