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S. Korea to Abolish Military Guardhouse System

S. Korea to Abolish Military Guardhouse System

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea is expected to abolish the military guardhouse system this year as part of efforts to better protect the human rights of draftees, officials said Saturday. A revision of the Military Personnel Management Act calls for the abolishment of guardhouses and the establishment of additional educational programs instead [...]

Alternative Military Service for Conscientious Objectors to Begin Next Year

Alternative Military Service for Conscientious Objectors to Begin Next Year

SEOUL, Dec. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean men who refuse to fulfill their mandatory military service due to religious or personal beliefs will be allowed to serve three years of alternative duty at local correctional facilities starting next year, the defense ministry said Monday. By law, all able-bodied South Korean men must carry out [...]

S. Korean Military Uses Big Data for Food Service Management

S. Korean Military Uses Big Data for Food Service Management

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean military authorities have decided to add new food choices at military cafeterias based on a big data analysis of military food services. The Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday new plans to control the amount of food given out to service members, revamp menus, and better ensure [...]

Changes to Alternative Military Service for Artists System Prompt Furor in Art Community

Changes to Alternative Military Service for Artists System Prompt Furor in Art Community

SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — With the number of artists eligible for special exemptions from military service set to be reduced, the arts community in question has responded with a backlash to the government’s decision. According to the government’s “Plan to Improve the Alternative Military Service System” released Thursday, 10 competitions that allow winners [...]

Seoul Pushes to Require Naturalized S. Koreans to Serve in Military

Seoul Pushes to Require Naturalized S. Koreans to Serve in Military

SEOUL, Nov. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — The defense ministry is considering making it mandatory for naturalized male citizens to serve in the military, as other South Korean men must do, in an effort to cope with a decrease in the number of draftees amid a shrinking population, a senior government official said Wednesday. The state-run [...]