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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 [...]

36-Month Alternative Service Period for Conscientious Objectors Likely

36-Month Alternative Service Period for Conscientious Objectors Likely

SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — There is a high chance that alternative civilian service, a form of national service offered in lieu of formal conscription due to conscientious objection, is set to be fixed at 36 months. Employment at prisons and fire stations is highly likely, where recruits serving their national service will be [...]

Four Acquitted on Charges of Refusing Military Service

Four Acquitted on Charges of Refusing Military Service

SEOUL, May 16 (Korea Bizwire) – Under South Korean constitutional law, able-bodied young men must serve in the military as part of the country’s national defense strategy. On May 16, however, a man was acquitted by Judge Lee Seung-hoon at the Suwon District Court for objecting to military service. The man, who objected to serving in [...]