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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 [...]

Gov’t to Disregard Education Levels in Military Service Recruitment

Gov’t to Disregard Education Levels in Military Service Recruitment

SEOUL, Dec. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — The government will disregard education levels in determining whether one is fit for active military service, the military recruitment agency said Wednesday. Under the current law, the government is required to recruit men with at least high school diplomas for active military service. Those with lower levels of education [...]

Alternative Military Service Program for ‘Conscientious Objectors’ to Begin Monday

Alternative Military Service Program for ‘Conscientious Objectors’ to Begin Monday

SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Justice said Wednesday it will begin a program that allows replacing mandatory military service for other public services due to religious or personal beliefs. Under the program, 64 “conscientious objectors” will begin their 36 months of alternative service Monday at three correctional facilities, including one in [...]

S. Korea Pushes to Allow Prominent Pop Celebrities to Defer Mandatory Military Service

S. Korea Pushes to Allow Prominent Pop Celebrities to Defer Mandatory Military Service

SEOUL, Oct. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The government is working on a plan to allow pop culture celebrities credited for contributing to improving the country’s image to postpone their mandatory military service, the military recruitment agency said Tuesday. The plan came amid talk of whether K-pop boy band BTS members should be given such favors [...]