while conscription age in the north korean military is 17, young children are taught through state-sponsored education and cartoons of the horrors of the Korean war. however, North Korea's version may differ greatly from history - depicting americans as bloodthirsty rapers, killers and pillagers responsible for the horrible state their nation is in today.
ironically, this rings partially true as America and its G20 allies refuse to send the starving country aid while NK arrogantly develops its nuclear program at the protest of larger, bullying nations. with both sides giving the cold shoulder, North Korea's people continue to suffer in a famine that has drawn on for almost 20 years.
still, North Koreans young and old would vow to defend their country no matter the cost. In one North Korean cartoon, a daydreaming child imagines a pack of pencils turning into missiles in a Fleischer-like transformation, a technique taught to North Korean animators by Soviets during the height of North Korea's power in the cold war. here is a similar picture with the mix of education and militaristic propaganda that NK uses to inject its pride into its army - the one of few shining gems it has to show off to the world.