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20 pct of Newly Elected Male Lawmakers Won Exemption from Mandatory Military Service

20 pct of Newly Elected Male Lawmakers Won Exemption from Mandatory Military Service

SEOUL, June 10 (Korea Bizwire) — One out of 5 male members of the new National Assembly were exempted from mandatory military service, government data showed Wednesday. Of the 242 newly elected male lawmakers, 47 people, or 19.4 percent, gained exemption for such reasons as imprisonment and illness, according to the data compiled and released [...]

WINNER’s Lee Seung-hoon to Start Military Service This Week

WINNER’s Lee Seung-hoon to Start Military Service This Week

SEOUL, April 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Lee Seung-hoon, a member of K-pop boy band WINNER, will start his mandatory military service this week, the band’s management agency said Monday. The 28-year-old is scheduled to start a four-week training program Thursday at an Army boot camp in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province, as part of the fulfillment [...]

Military Draft Notice Sent to Disgraced K-pop Star Seungri

Military Draft Notice Sent to Disgraced K-pop Star Seungri

SEOUL, Feb. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Seungri, a former member of K-pop boy band BIGBANG, has been sent a notification of his mandatory military service, while he has been on trial on charges of gambling and arranging prostitution, the military manpower agency said Tuesday. Last month, the prosecution indicted the scandal-ridden celebrity without physical detention [...]

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 [...]