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BTS Will Not be Exempted from Military Service: Culture Minister

BTS Will Not be Exempted from Military Service: Culture Minister

PARIS, Nov. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Globally acclaimed superstars BTS and other high-flying K-pop stars will not be exempted from mandatory military service under the government’s new guidelines on conscription waivers, the culture minister has said. Since early this year, a government task force has been working to revamp the guidelines to raise fairness in [...]

Military Manpower Agency Vows Efforts to Prevent Draft Dodging Through Nationality Changes

Military Manpower Agency Vows Efforts to Prevent Draft Dodging Through Nationality Changes

SEOUL, Jul. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The military manpower agency pledged Monday to continue to seek measures to prevent attempts at evading mandatory military service by changing nationalities, after the top court’s recent ruling in favor of a Korean-American singer despite suspicion that he dodged his duty. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that it [...]

Young S. Koreans Think Male-only Mandatory Military Service is Gender Discrimination

Young S. Koreans Think Male-only Mandatory Military Service is Gender Discrimination

SEOUL, Apr. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Two out of three South Korean men in their twenties consider male-only mandatory military service to be a form of gender discrimination. The Korean Women’s Development Institute (KWDI) conducted a survey last year on 3,000 men between 19 and 59 years of age, with 72.2 percent of the respondents [...]

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 [...]