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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 [...]

Military to Lower Bar for Active Duty Conscripts amid Population Decline

Military to Lower Bar for Active Duty Conscripts amid Population Decline

SEOUL, Sept. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean military said Sunday it plans to lower the bar for the conscription of active duty soldiers, as the country’s population is widely expected to shrink drastically. The Ministry of National Defense and the Military Manpower Administration are currently in the process of revising related regulations to [...]