It may surprise many people the South Korea has a larger and more powerful army than a nation with such a long history of conflict and military excellence as Japan, but South Korea has many points in it’s favor. First and foremost it has one of the world’s single largest standing armies, with a active personnel count numbering approximately 3,600,000, half of which are reserve forces.
Second, South Korea has a very diverse military with a standing land based army, a navy and a potent air force. Their massive deployment in over 15 countries around the world has furthered their combat experience and furthered their ties to their allies such as Italy, France, Germany, The United States and Turkey. In addition to all of this South Korea also has the fifteenth largest economy in the entire world.