While the government’s reasons for continuing military conscription laws are strictly political and military, the reality is that to most Koreans, military conscription is a culturally significant experience. Is it problematic that such a disparity exists between the purposes of conscription and how the Korean people perceive it? Not really, given the impersonality of the notion of patriotic duty to young men, and the, quite frankly, horrid conditions of military life that may drive away even the most patriotic of men. The cultural institutionalization of military service as a rite of passage partially alleviates the dread and aversion that men feel toward their pending conscription. Still, the government can make a more conscious effort to bolster its political justification for mandatory conscription. Realistically, a strike from the North is highly unlikely, but without its Reserve Forces South Korea stands no chance against the North Korean military, the largest in the world.