Samsung software efforts to enlist South Korean soldiers

Samsung has looked towards the military to provide the firm's next generation of software engineers.

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Samsung is seeking talent from the South Korea industry to boost its pool of skilled software engineers.

The South Korean tech giant is working with the military in order to secure software engineers who will then be given four months of training in software languages and programming, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Roughly 260,00 men enter the military every year, and every able-bodied South Korean male is required to serve for a minimum of 21 months after their 19th birthday. Under the terms of the Samsung program, the army will select 150 soldiers, send 100 of them on the four-month course, and then while none are guaranteed a job with the device maker, they will be in a better position to compete to work for the corporation.

While competition to work for companies like Samsung is fierce in the country, almost every South Korean citizen was in possession of a high school diploma in 2011, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development -- which is the minimum requirement for selection in the scheme.

A defense ministry spokesman told the publication that these partnerships are expected to expand to other companies in the future.

This story originally appeared at ZDNet under the headline "Samsung eyes up South Korean soldiers for software."