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Korean Military Service:

The Military Service in South Korea, is a topic that has been growing everyone’s curiosity now even more when K-pop idols are required to perform it, but what about a regular Korean boy who enlists? Is it the same for them?

In South Korea, the military service requires male citizens between 18 and 35 years old to complete it, for women it is not mandatory, but they have the choice to join voluntarily, and it has been this way since 1957.

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At 18 years old a male citizen is liable for military duty, and it is when he is enlisted for “first citizen service” but once he is 19 or even 20, he is already required to serve and undergoes an ‘Impairment & Disability’ evaluation that will settle if this citizen is suitable or not for military service.

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South Korea Armed Forces Soldier Ranks

Army

  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Private First Class
  • Private Second Class

Navy

  • Petty Officer Second Class
  • Petty Officer Third Class
  • Seaman
  • Seaman Apprentice

Air Force

  • Staff Sergeant
  • Senior Airman
  • Airman First Class
  • Airman

Marine Force

  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Lance Corporal
  • Private Second Class

What benefits can this military service bring to a person’s life?

Some believe that completing this conscription can make you feel more of a “man”, a bridge for adulthood, conformity, hierarchy, a sense of national pride and support for traditions and society, bring the country's people together, and Koreans also receive a salary while performing their military service.

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By now, many of you probably know about the rigid system of the Korean army. No matter your status, every man must enroll in the army, which is the case in many countries.

But what's interesting about Korea is that people don't even try to get out of it, as it is frowned upon in society: you would seem like "less of a man", not fully committed to your country, and generally an odd-one-out.

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We've managed to get in contact with Park Jinwoo.

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Currently undergoing army service, and asked him some questions about his view on the Korean army.

Jinwoo served in the marine corps for ten months and got elected to the special force due to his excelling physical skills. He is 20 years old and decided that joining the army early on would be better, so he enrolled voluntarily.

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Even though his family members also served in the marine corps, they were not as pleased with his decision to follow in their footsteps. It is pretty well-known that the duty of the marine corps is more complicated and training is more exhausting, but on top of that, he was also warned about the violence that can take place there. 

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Though Jinwoo joined the army on his free will, he doesn't believe that the service should be mandatory for everyone. He states: "No one would like to serve two years in the army with little pay".

Jinwoo also comments on women's involvement in army service, highlighting that while some women choose to go to the army and can even participate in war, none of them become soldiers: "Women are here, but they are not soldiers, but officers. What a paradox, they can be a general, they can be in a war but to be a soldier is only for men"

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The question of mandatory serving comes up when we think about idols too. The majority of them showcase qualities of soft masculinity on stage, and many are shocked when they find out that the same idols have to enroll in 2-year army service. However, when it comes to a question of national identity and unity, they are in no position to go against national values.

Jinwoo also believes that it's right for idols to enroll in the army but questions the definition of an "idol": whether it's fame, media exposure, or amount of Instagram followers. And even if society decides to spare some idols from army service, he wonders where would be the borderline for classifying an idol as "worthy" of military exemption and the ones that are not. 

(SHINee’s Minho, Infinite’s Sungyeol, Infinite’s Dongwoo. Image: Credits to the rightful owner)

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(Highlight’s Son Dongwoon, Former Wanna One member Yoon Jisung, Highlight’s Lee Gikwang, EXO’s Xiumin. Image: Credits to the rightful owner)

(SHINee's Key. Image: Credits to the rightful owner)

Another burning question for people residing in Korea and the whole world would be relationships with North Korea. While the relations with a neighboring country are uncertain, serving in the military must be pretty stressful, as you never know what the next day holds for you.

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Despite that, Jinwoo is skeptical about North Korea being a legitimate threat, even though there are occasional attacks. He sees them as just a means to keep South Korean citizens in fear, but nothing more. 

Overall, Jinwoo has a very realistic outlook on the army service and takes pride in his duty while staying open to any discussions on Korean army service.

Author: Irina & Aldo

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