In South Korea, kids who miss school, become addicted to video games or join gangs will end up in a specialized military training camps for some discipline and education. In these camps, the teens are trained military-style with standard soldier routines complete with army uniforms under extreme conditions.
This training program is aimed to make the young soldiers stronger and more responsible. During the course, the trainees are not allowed to get any form of dependence from parents. They are on their own.
Inmates are pushed over assault courses and taught to ride horses, as well as being given therapy workshops on more creative pursuits. During the sessions, participants cannot use a computer and are allowed only one hour of mobile phone use a day to prevent them playing games via their handsets.
Enrolled in the Ansan training course, Kang Han-Sol, a 15-year-old boy said “My mom forced me to take this course because I have played video games too much. I hope this course would better me, so I could quit playing and give more focus on studying”. One of the training instructors added: “Nowadays, the children are selfish and really dependent to parents. They even become violent and disrespect the older. Moreover they easily quit whenever encountering problems. It can not be accepted in our country. For that reason, the parents would like to send their children to the military training course to help them to be better and win themselves”.