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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 [...]

S. Korea to Abolish Military Service Exemption to Cope with Dwindling Population

S. Korea to Abolish Military Service Exemption to Cope with Dwindling Population

SEOUL, May 17 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea will phase out the military’s special rule that exempts natural science and engineering students from the compulsory military service in a move that takes into account the country’s dwindling population, the defense ministry said Tuesday. All able-bodied South Korean men are required to finish a two-year military [...]

Sleep Deprivation Proved Most Arduous Aspect of Military Service

Sleep Deprivation Proved Most Arduous Aspect of Military Service

SEOUL, April 19 (Korea Bizwire) – For many conscripted soldiers in the country, the lack of sleep is the most inconvenient aspect of their military service, a local poll showed Tuesday. The enlisted soldiers also cited loneliness and poor living conditions as other inconveniences of their mandatory military service that lasts nearly two years. All [...]

Korean Court Acquit Conscientious Objector, Spurring Introduction of Alternative Services

Korean Court Acquit Conscientious Objector, Spurring Introduction of Alternative Services

SEOUL, May 14 (Korea Bizwire) – Conscientious objection to military service is prohibited in Korea by law. In the past, several lower courts acquitted objectors but the Supreme Court of Korea has not recognized objections and usually sentenced objectors to one and half years of imprisonment. Even the Constitutional Court has upheld the Supreme Court [...]