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8 Men Accused of Faking Hearing Impairment to Dodge Draft

8 Men Accused of Faking Hearing Impairment to Dodge Draft

SEOUL, Mar. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s military recruitment agency has accused eight men of having dodged or attempted to evade military service by feigning hearing impairment, its investigators said Tuesday. The Military Manpower Administration (MMA) said that six of the men falsely registered as hearing-impaired after intentionally exposing themselves to the high-pitched sounds [...]

Supreme Court Rules Religious Belief Valid Reason for Refusing Mandatory Military Service

Supreme Court Rules Religious Belief Valid Reason for Refusing Mandatory Military Service

SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that religious and conscientious beliefs are to be considered valid reasons for refusing the military service mandate, overturning its decision from 14 years ago. In a 9-4 vote, the full bench led by Chief Justice Kim Meong-su delivered the decision and ordered an appellate [...]

Gov’t Launches Task Force Dedicated to Improving Military Exemption Scheme

Gov’t Launches Task Force Dedicated to Improving Military Exemption Scheme

SEOUL, Oct. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — A task force composed of officials from the Military Manpower Administration and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism with the goal of improving the process of military service exemptions for artists and athletes was launched on October 1. Controversy surrounding the current system was sparked during the 2018 [...]