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6 in 10 S. Koreans Support Alternative Military Service for BTS: Survey

6 in 10 S. Koreans Support Alternative Military Service for BTS: Survey

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Close to 60 percent of South Koreans agree with replacing BTS’ mandatory military service with other alternatives, a poll showed Sunday. Innertech Systems, a local polling agency, conducted a nationwide survey of 3,004 men and women above 18 years of age, of which 59.8 percent agreed that the K-pop [...]

BTS Could be Allowed to Perform Overseas During Military Service: Defense Minister

BTS Could be Allowed to Perform Overseas During Military Service: Defense Minister

SEOUL, Aug. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup has said there could be a way to allow members of K-pop supergroup BTS to perform overseas while carrying out their mandatory military service. Lee made the remark during a parliamentary defense committee meeting Monday, saying the issue can be handled without breaching the principle [...]

College Students Postpone Military Service as Social Distancing Measures Lift

College Students Postpone Military Service as Social Distancing Measures Lift

SEOUL, April 26 (Korea Bizwire) — With social distancing measures being lifted, young adults in South Korea are increasingly concerned about when to join the military. When college students were de facto banned from enjoying life on campus as lectures were given online, they lined up to carry out their mandatory military service. Now, however, [...]

Actor Park Bo-gum Effectively Wraps Up Active-duty Navy Service

Actor Park Bo-gum Effectively Wraps Up Active-duty Navy Service

SEOUL, Feb. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Actor Park Bo-gum began his final military vacation Monday, effectively ending his active-duty service as he is not required to return to his base under an antivirus guideline, Navy officials said. Earlier in the day, Petty Officer Second Class Park left his Navy unit in the Gyeryongdae military headquarters, [...]

Actor Park Bo-gum Passes Barber License Exam During Military Service

Actor Park Bo-gum Passes Barber License Exam During Military Service

SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Actor Park Bo-gum, currently serving in South Korea’s Navy, has passed a state exam to become a licensed barber, military officials said Wednesday. Park, who has been fulfilling his mandatory military service since 2020, took the exam in December, the officials said. He is currently stationed in the Gyeryongdae [...]

Military Stresses Need for ‘Prudence’ in Exempting BTS from Active-duty Military Service

Military Stresses Need for ‘Prudence’ in Exempting BTS from Active-duty Military Service

SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s defense ministry stressed the need Thursday for “prudence” in considering whether to allow active-duty military service exemptions for K-pop superstar BTS and other top artists, citing the nation’s shrinking population and other factors. Boo Seung-chan, the ministry’s spokesperson, made the remarks as the National Assembly has been [...]

Top Court Confirms Acquittal of Man who Refused Enlistment for Nonviolence Beliefs

Top Court Confirms Acquittal of Man who Refused Enlistment for Nonviolence Beliefs

SEOUL, June 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The top court on Thursday confirmed a not-guilty verdict for a conscientious objector who avoided his mandatory military service due to personal beliefs, in the first case of its kind. The Supreme Court upheld the appellate court’s acquittal of the man, a self-identifying “queer feminist,” indicted on charges of [...]

4 in 100 Military Service Members Have Had Suicidal Thoughts: Data

4 in 100 Military Service Members Have Had Suicidal Thoughts: Data

SEOUL, June 11 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent study has revealed that roughly 4 percent of military service members have had suicidal thoughts. A research team led by Prof. Lee Seung-yup from the Catholic University of Korea Eunpyeong St. Mary’s Hospital and Dr. Yoon Chang-gyo from the World Health Organization analysed the 2014 survey conducted [...]