The Dark Mage’s Return to Enlistment Chapter 39

Hunter Survival Instructor 2

The individual’s identity was Corporal Son Eunseo.

When she saw Kim Minun wearing a red hat, she too made a face as if to say, ‘How can this be?’

‘What, what’s this? You’re supposed to be at least a Sergeant to apply for survival instructor.’

He was already a sergeant?

Wasn’t he just a corporal like her until recently?

“Trainee number 206, face forward!”

“Ah, roar!”

That expression was only for a moment.

Upon hearing Kim Minjun’s warning, Son Eunseo quickly turned her gaze away.

Ah. Now that I think about it, I got that good mana from her home.

Thanks to that, Kim Minjun’s mana stats soared, and he unlocked the skills he needed.

It would be heartless not to give anything in return…

Being comrades in arms, it was time to practice give and take.

You’re specially under my watch.

Including PT exercises, there were times when stats would increase through physical overwork.

With an excellent instructor like himself by their side, the effect would be maximized.

“Prepare for high jump!”


“We’ll do it five times. How many times?”

“Five times!”

“Listen to that voice. Now, 10 times, how many?”

“10 times!!”

“High jump, six times! Begin!”

Soon, under the command of the survival instructors, the PT exercise began.




Following the sound of the whistle, everyone started the PT exercises from number 1.

To induce mistakes from the trainees, the survival instructors changed the number of exercises at the end.

“Next! Prepare for bend and reach!”


“We’ll do it four times, how many?”

“Four times!”

“Bend and reach, six times! Begin!”

At first, the hunters were highly focused and tense.

But it didn’t last long.

By the time they reached the 6th posture of the PT exercise, fatigue accumulated, and mistakes began to occur among the hunters.

“Trainee number 120! Trainee number 121! Step out to the side!”


“Why aren’t you moving out quickly!”

“Ah, roar!”

The hunters who shouted the last slogan were singled out and received harsher treatment from the instructors than during PT.

Oh, look at this guy?

Kim Minjun’s eyes shone as he saw Son Eunseo maintaining perfect posture up to number six.

I was ready to pick on even the smallest mistake.

Indeed, being the division commander’s daughter made a difference.

However, that was only until number seven.

“Number eight! Prepare for full-body twist!”


The infamous number eight in PT exercises, known as the section of hell.

When it was time for the full-body twist, the trainees looked dead.

They had experienced this pain before, but this time, they had to twist their bodies while wearing heavy power suits.

“We’ll do it five times, how many?”

“Five times!”

“What are you, defeated soldiers? Look at the state of your voices! 30 times, how many?”

“30 times!!!”

“Full-body twist, 40 times, begin!”




As the whistle sounded, the faces of the trainees twisted in pain.



“Don’t let your head touch the ground! Why do your legs keep dropping?”

It was literally hell.

The PT exercise led by the same survival instructors as before, but the intensity was more than three times higher.

“Trainee number 206, maintain a 45-degree angle with your legs.”


“45 degrees to the left, 45 degrees to the right. You’re off by more than five degrees. Straighten up.”


Even Corporal Son Eunseo, known among the female hunters for her excellence, could not avoid PT number eight.

Moreover, Kim Minjun kept pushing her until she achieved perfect posture.

Compared to other instructors, he pursued perfect form meticulously.

He was truly a devil incarnate.

‘Ah. Why is it like this only here!’

‘Damn it. Can’t you let it slide with a bit of leniency!’

‘Had to get caught on number eight, huh? That satan bastard!’

Naturally, the trainees around Son Eunseo felt the same.

They internally cursed at Kim Minjun.

Son Eunseo herself glared at him with a look that screamed, “I hate you to death.”

Annoyed? Then do it perfectly. And… you know, right?

If you’re pissed, become an instructor yourself.

Shortly after, Kim Minjun moved to where Sergeant Choi Seungwoo was, to deliver hell.

Ah. So this is why I do the instructor role.

Earning performance scores while making hunters regardless of rank roll around to his heart’s content.

It was exhilarating.

I should do this again next time.

Kim Minjun approached Sergeant Choi Seungwoo, who was trembling, and kindly corrected his posture.

“Today’s Survival schedule ends here! The training ended late because the survival instructors found the trainees’ level to be low. Pull yourselves together and approach the remaining training with the right mindset!”


The Survival exercise ended in the dead of night.

Normally, survival exercises ended before evening at the latest.

This time, because of the enhanced training, it was past 9 PM when it ended.


“We survived…”

As soon as the first day of training ended, the hunters hurriedly took off their power suits.

And they immediately lay down on the ground, making it their bed.

Male hunters, female hunters, everyone moved in unison.

It indicated how intense this training session had been.

“Wow… my stats went up. That devil Kim Minjun pushed me around, and my stamina increased by one.”

“I gained one in strength.”

Thanks to that, several hunters even saw their stats increase.

Especially those who were brushed by Kim Minjun experienced the full effect.

He really pushed the hunters to the brink of fainting.

“Grateful? I’m a person with a lot of hidden affection, so I took special care of our squad members.”

“Sergeant Kim Minjun… Are you going to treat us coldly like this?”

“I thought my back was going to break.”

“If your stats went up, be thankful, you brats. Did Dongjin’s stats go up?”

Kim Minjun’s gaze shifted to Lee Dongjin.

“Private First Class Lee Dongjin! Both strength and stamina stats increased by one.”

Lee Dongjin answered, exhaling roughly.

That guy actually took the training well.

As time went on, the majority of hunters were just looking to get through the training somehow.

But Lee Dongjin gritted his teeth and pushed through the training with sheer willpower.

Wasn’t it he who said he’s been living as a Private First Class for 4 years? Experience really can’t be ignored.

Had he served in the Hunter Army like this earlier, he might have been promoted to sergeant by now.

In fact, the reason for Lee Dongjin’s motivation was Kim Minjun, though he was unaware of it himself.

“Let’s hurry up and shower. You guys know the hot water only lasts for 2 hours, right?”

“I’ll just lie here a bit longer and go for a cold shower. If I go now, there won’t be any space.”

That’s how the first day of training passed.


Training Day Two.

The hunters moved deep into the mountains for special obstacle training.

“Ah… my legs are cramping up like crazy.”

“I think I slept wrong yesterday… my neck…”

Given the intensity of the first day’s training, the majority of hunters were groaning in discomfort.

Ah. When are we going to do trench combat?

On the other hand, Kim Minjun was itching to participate in the training.

“Alright! We will start the special obstacle training now! If the trainees approach the training with the same attitude as yesterday, we will double the training volume! Got it!”


Upon reaching the training ground with special structures installed, the captain of the survival training warned them to stay focused and take the training seriously.

The tension was palpable, perhaps because of the dissatisfaction with the first day’s survival training.

“We will start with crossing over by holding onto a rope!”

Following the captain’s announcement, Kim Minjun stepped forward to explain the activity.

“As soon as the explanation ends, one person from the front row will come forward. Understand?”


Between two specially made logs placed wide apart, a single rope was hanging.

The trainees just needed to hold onto this rope and cross over the puddle.

Up to this point, the training seemed no different from that of the regular military.

“While the trainees are crossing, instructors will randomly attack. What’s important in this training is situational judgment and agility. Understand?”


“You must land accurately on the ground to complete. Maintain tension until then. Got it?”


“Then, I, the main instructor, will demonstrate. Make sure you watch carefully and follow.”

However, unlike the regular army, the instructors would attack the trainees as they crossed the rope.

They would shoot rubber bullets and stab the hunters with training weapons.

It was a clear message that one should not take obstacle training lightly.

‘Don’t go easy on him. Attack as if you’re trying to kill.’


As soon as Kim Minjun grabbed the rope, the other instructors’ eyes turned fierce.

They had been scolded by the training captain the night before.

“If Sergeant Kim Minjun can do it like this, why did you even apply to be an instructor if you’re going to be this lackluster!”

They were harshly reprimanded.

This was also a phenomenon that occurred because Kim Minjun was too outstanding.



As Kim Minjun began crossing the puddle, instructors attacked from both directions.

What? Why are these guys suddenly like this?

He was merely demonstrating.

There was no need for the instructors to go out of their way to attack so fervently.

But, it’s more fun and better for me if they do.

They put all their effort into trying to make Kim Minjun fall.



Special material spears stabbed from all directions.

Kim Minjun lightly dodged the attacks, twisting his body here and there.

He even swatted away attacks coming from his blind spots with one hand.

“Seriously, have they gone mad with the training intensity?”

“How are we supposed to do this? It’s a dunking row if I’ve ever seen one.”

“Minjun didn’t earn his sergeant stripes for nothing. His physique is insane, for real.”

The hunters watching were shocked and shook their heads.

These guys, really?

Meanwhile, just as Kim Minjun perfectly dodged an attack and was about to land, one instructor grabbed the rope and pushed it backward.

Due to the recoil, Kim Minjun was pushed back to the starting point.

Are you serious about this? Then I don’t need to hold back, right?

Then came another barrage of attacks.

Kim Minjun grabbed a spear that flew by his face with one hand and pulled it toward him.

“Uh? Huh?”

With a strength stat of 65.

No matter if it was a staff sergeant, they couldn’t withstand his power.



The staff sergeant who was dragged in fell straight into the puddle.

Come on! Bring it on!

Other instructors also couldn’t last more than 2 seconds against him and ended up in the puddle.


Kim Minjun effortlessly demonstrated and returned to his original place.

All this took merely 20 seconds.

Normally, if a trainee took even 30 seconds, the instructor would grant them a rest as an exception.


“Epic… The instructors couldn’t even put up a fight and fell down.”

“There were three officers present.”

Clap, clap, clap, clap.

The hunters who were watching the demonstration applauded Kim Minjun.

The nearby training captain also gave a single nod, seemingly satisfied with the demonstration.

“Alright! Let’s proceed with the training in this manner!”

While the trainees continued their training, the instructors, excluding Kim Minjun, swung their spears around like drowned rats.

Oh? What’s this? They’re improving?

Kim Minjun quietly observed the trainees for a while.

Then, a message appeared before his eyes.

The Dark Mage’s Return to Enlistment

The Dark Mage’s Return to Enlistment

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Status: Ongoing Type: Author: ,
Kim Minjun, who was a normal high school senior in South Korea, was suddenly summoned to another world and became a dark magician. Minjun, who persevered through all sorts of hardships with the single-minded goal of returning home, saved this other world with his dark magic. Casting aside a life as a hero and guaranteed riches, he returned to Earth. Just when he was about to fully enjoy his life, a problem arose. A dungeon break occurred, and monsters began pouring out. Not only did this threaten the peaceful Earth life that Minjun had just returned to... But on his very first day back, he was also ordered to enlist in the military!?!
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