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Korean military service

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By Bernard Rowan

Recently, I read The Korea Times and took note of an article about two famous performers from Big Bang finishing their military service. I enjoyed and thought apt the story of Taeyang and Daesung's completion ceremony. Many adoring fans showed up, and the two pop idols paid their proper respects. They appear as fine examples of young Korean gentlemen serving their nation in defense and vigilant security readiness. Security and freedom need nothing less.

When I performed a Google Search about Korean military service, several entries had to do with "When do K-pop idols do their service?" and the possibility of exemptions denied to members of another group, BTS. Stories about military service, both unfavorable and favorable, appear. Information about military service in South Korea also shows up. I'd like to talk a bit about this part of South Korean life and my impressions.

South Korea makes adult males serve the better part of two years sometime after their 18th birthday and before their 28th. Five weeks of training also occurs. Women don't face the service requirement. However, women may join the military........

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