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BIGBANG member G-Dragon discharged from military service

Oct 26, 2019 - 2:52 PM

'Now, I'll do my best in my main business. I will return to my job and be faithful to my work,' says G-Dragon after completing his 18-month mandatory military service

'Pyongyang not the enemy': South Koreans fed up with military service

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:04 PM

Almost all able-bodied South Korean men are obliged to fulfill sentry duties, often in remote locations along the heavily militarized border.

This picture taken on January 14, 2019 shows South Korean soldiers (R) checking new military conscripts during an induction ceremony at the army training centre in Nonsan. US President Donald Trump is due to meet the North's Kim Jong Un in Hanoi for a high-profile summit to make progress on denuclearisation of the peninsula, and a possible peace treaty. If that happens, the future of the South's controversial conscription system -- which forces recruits to serve for months in often remote locations along the militarised border -- will likely be up for debate.  Jung Yeon-je / AFP

South Korean court allows conscientious objection to military service

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:44 AM

(UPDATED) 'It is the majority opinion of the supreme court that conscientious objection is... a valid reason [to refuse conscription],' says chief Supreme Court justice Kim Myeong-su

MILITARY. New South Korean military officers salute during a military commissioning ceremony at Gyeryongdae, South Korea's main military compound, in Gyeryong on March 4, 2016. File photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Pool/AFP

Trump bans transgender people from U.S. military

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:26 PM

UPDATED The announcement serves as a stunning reversal of an Obama era policy and leaves unanswered a slew of questions including whether transgender personnel currently serving may soon face getting booted from the military

TRUMP. This file photo taken on February 3, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking with reporters on board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, bound for Palm Beach, Florida. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Sweden to bring back conscription – report

Mar 02, 2017 - 6:29 PM

Some 13 000 young Swedes are expected to be mobilized from July 1 but only 4 000 of them 18 year olds of both sexes will be selected for military service based on motivation and skills

Korean golf star Bae's career on hold, ordered to military service

Jul 23, 2015 - 4:37 PM

South Korea s two time PGA Tour winner Bae Sang Moon will be changing the driving range for a shooting range after losing a court battle to defer his mandatory two year military service

BASIC TRAINING. Two-time PGA Tour winner Bae Sang-Moon will not appeal a ruling ordering him to serve mandatory military service in South Korea. File photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images/AFP

K-pop star Rain finishes military service

Jul 10, 2013 - 4:03 PM

About 700 devotees from South Korea and abroad exploded into ecstatic cheers as the 31 year old K pop star emerged from the defense ministry building in Seoul

DISCHARGED. South Korean pop icon Rain (R) looks on after his discharge from mandatory military service outside the Defence Ministry in Seoul on July 10, 2013. Photo by AFP / Yonhap