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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 [...]

Court Finds Conscientious Objector Guilty for “Lacking Truthful Faith in Religion”

Court Finds Conscientious Objector Guilty for “Lacking Truthful Faith in Religion”

SEOUL, Sept. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — A Jehovah’s Witness who objected military service based on his religious faith has been convicted for violation of the Military Service Act. The grounds for the guilty verdict was that he previously enjoyed playing online shooting games, killing other gamers without feeling any pangs of conscience. For the man [...]

BTS’ Big Win Reignites Debate on Military Service of K-pop Stars

BTS’ Big Win Reignites Debate on Military Service of K-pop Stars

SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — As BTS conquered the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week with “Dynamite,” the achievement has also rekindled a debate on whether global K-pop stars should be offered preferential treatment in terms of military duties so as to avoid a hiatus during the height of their careers. On Tuesday, BTS [...]

Star Actor Park Bo-gum Joins Military amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Star Actor Park Bo-gum Joins Military amid COVID-19 Pandemic

CHANGWON, Aug. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — Actor Park Bo-gum started his mandatory military duty Monday. Dressed in black, Park entered the Navy Education and Training Command in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, at 2 p.m. As his agency Blossom Entertainment has promised no farewell event at the training camp due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 26-year-old [...]

No PhD, No Military Service Exemption for Postgraduate Students Serving as ‘Technical Research Personnel’

No PhD, No Military Service Exemption for Postgraduate Students Serving as ‘Technical Research Personnel’

SEOUL, Aug. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Postgraduate students serving as ‘technical research personnel’ instead of joining the military will lose their military duty exemption if they fail to obtain a doctorate degree during their service period, the defense ministry said Thursday. The Ministry of Defense issued advance notice for the revision of the legislation containing [...]