Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Created in 1948, following the division of the Korean Peninsula, the Republic of Korea Armed Forces is one of the largest standing armed forces in the world with a reported personnel strength of 3,850,000 in 2011. The ROK military forces are undergoing rapid modernization in preparation for assuming wartime operational control by 2015. South Korea has one of the highest defense budgets in the world, ranking 12th globally in 2011, with a budget of more than $30 billion US. Its capabilities include many sophisticated American and European weapon systems, complemented by a growing and increasingly more advanced indigenous defense manufacturing sector. Learn more about Republic of Korea Armed Forces, its command structure, branches and capabilities in the following pages.