Korea: February 3, 2002

Archives

Conscription is still king in Korea. While countries around the world are dropping the practice and converting to all volunteer forces, the two Koreas still insist on all eligible young men to serve from 36 months (South Korea) to six years (North Korea.) Evading the draft is a popular goal for many Korean men. In the north, this is very difficult, although if your father is a high government official, something can be arranged. For other northerners, risking your life to get across the heavily guarded border will work. In the south, things are a little easier. Bribing officials for an exemption is possible, but increasingly dangerous as anti-corruption sentiment rises. Even young men who were taken overseas when their parents immigrated are still liable for conscription when they turn 19. But this has become a problem in the south (there are no legal migrants from the north), where children of migrants become naturalized citizens in their new countries. Some have done this to avoid conscription, particularly some 200 popular Korean-American pop stars. The government considers this unpatriotic draft dodging and is beginning to bar these young men (who have done nothing illegal by becoming American citizens) from entering South Korea. 

 

Article Archive

Korea: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close