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36-Month Alternative Service Period for Conscientious Objectors Likely

36-Month Alternative Service Period for Conscientious Objectors Likely

SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — There is a high chance that alternative civilian service, a form of national service offered in lieu of formal conscription due to conscientious objection, is set to be fixed at 36 months. Employment at prisons and fire stations is highly likely, where recruits serving their national service will be [...]

Four Acquitted on Charges of Refusing Military Service

Four Acquitted on Charges of Refusing Military Service

SEOUL, May 16 (Korea Bizwire) – Under South Korean constitutional law, able-bodied young men must serve in the military as part of the country’s national defense strategy. On May 16, however, a man was acquitted by Judge Lee Seung-hoon at the Suwon District Court for objecting to military service. The man, who objected to serving in [...]

3,400 Men Give up S. Korean Citizenship Annually to Evade Military Duties: Data

3,400 Men Give up S. Korean Citizenship Annually to Evade Military Duties: Data

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party said Monday around 3,400 men are giving up their citizenship annually to evade the mandatory military duty, adding the government should take steps to restrict their economic activities in the country.  Currently, all able-bodied South Korean men between the ages of 18 and 35 [...]

Questioning Korea’s High-Ranking Officials, and Their Status in Military Conscription

Questioning Korea’s High-Ranking Officials, and Their Status in Military Conscription

SEOUL, Sept. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Military service is no voluntary option for South Korean men. The country, which is still technically at war with its northern neighbor, currently practices conscription, and legislation mandates that all men between 18 and 35 years of age complete a period of military service. As of 2016, those enrolled [...]