Kim Tae-young (military)

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Kim Tae-young
South Korea Minister of National Defense Kim Tae-young.jpg
Kim Tae-young Minister of National Defense
Minister of National Defense
In office
23 September 2009 – 3 December 2010
President Lee Myung-bak
Preceded by Lee Sang-hee
Succeeded by Kim Kwan-jin
Personal details
Born (1949-01-13) 13 January 1949 (age 68)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma mater Korea Military Academy
Sogang University
Military service
Allegiance  South Korea
Service/branch Republic of Korea Army
Years of service 1973 - 2009
Rank 19.SKA-GEN.svg Daejang
Commands Joint Chiefs of Staff
Kim Tae-young
Hangul 김태영
Revised Romanization Gim Tae-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Kim T'aeyŏng

General (Ret.) Kim Tae-young, ROKA, was the 34th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces and 42nd Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense.

General Kim graduated from the Republic of Korea Military Academy in 1972. He previously served as Commanding General, 6th Artillery Brigade (1997–1998), Commanding General, 35th Infantry Division (1999–2000), Commanding General, Capital Defense Command (2004–2005), and Chief Director, Joint Operations Headquarters, Joint Chiefs of Staff (2005–2006).

Prior to assuming the position of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2008, he was Commanding General of the First ROK Army.

In September 2009, he replaced Lee Sang-Hee as the 42nd Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense.

Despite being considered as a good military officer with his skill from both inside & outside of the R.O.K. Military, he started to suffer strong criticism after the sinking of ROKS Cheonan. On May 2010, he offered his resignation to President Lee Myung-bak, although it wasn't accepted.

On 25 November 2010, he stepped down from his post as Minister of Defense in the wake of criticism he received for his handling of the shelling of Yeonpyeong.[1] The next day it was announced that his successor would be Kim Kwan-Jin, his JCS Chairmanship predecessor.[2]


  1. ^ "South Korean defence minister resigns over deadly clash". BBC News Online. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "S Korea names Kim Kwan-jin, former JCS chief, as new defense minister". Xinhua. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Kim Kwan-jin
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Chief Director of the Joint Defense Headquarters

Succeeded by
Lee Sang-eui
Preceded by
Lee Sang-hee
Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense
2009 - 2010
Succeeded by
Kim Kwan-jin