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Military Stresses Need for ‘Prudence’ in Exempting BTS from Active-duty Military Service

Military Stresses Need for ‘Prudence’ in Exempting BTS from Active-duty Military Service

SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s defense ministry stressed the need Thursday for “prudence” in considering whether to allow active-duty military service exemptions for K-pop superstar BTS and other top artists, citing the nation’s shrinking population and other factors. Boo Seung-chan, the ministry’s spokesperson, made the remarks as the National Assembly has been [...]

Top Court Confirms Acquittal of Man who Refused Enlistment for Nonviolence Beliefs

Top Court Confirms Acquittal of Man who Refused Enlistment for Nonviolence Beliefs

SEOUL, June 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The top court on Thursday confirmed a not-guilty verdict for a conscientious objector who avoided his mandatory military service due to personal beliefs, in the first case of its kind. The Supreme Court upheld the appellate court’s acquittal of the man, a self-identifying “queer feminist,” indicted on charges of [...]

4 in 100 Military Service Members Have Had Suicidal Thoughts: Data

4 in 100 Military Service Members Have Had Suicidal Thoughts: Data

SEOUL, June 11 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent study has revealed that roughly 4 percent of military service members have had suicidal thoughts. A research team led by Prof. Lee Seung-yup from the Catholic University of Korea Eunpyeong St. Mary’s Hospital and Dr. Yoon Chang-gyo from the World Health Organization analysed the 2014 survey conducted [...]

Culture Group Questions Feasibility of New Law on Military Service Delay

Culture Group Questions Feasibility of New Law on Military Service Delay

SEOUL, Dec. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — A culture group on Thursday criticized the recently revised law allowing celebrities to delay their mandatory military service, raising questions on its feasibility. Earlier this month, the National Assembly passed the revised Military Service Act to allow pop culture artists who have received cultural medals or awards from the [...]

Revised Law to Allow Prominent Pop Celebrities to Defer Enlistment

Revised Law to Allow Prominent Pop Celebrities to Defer Enlistment

SEOUL, Dec. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The government on Tuesday promulgated a revised law that allows pop culture celebrities credited with contributing to improving the country’s image to postpone their mandatory military service, the defense ministry said. The revised Military Service Act — which passed the National Assembly early this month and was approved by [...]