South Koreans Are Purposely Getting Obese So They Can Fail Their Exam For Military Service

Submitted by: daegog 1 week ago in News & Politics

Students are reportedly bingeing on five meals a day to to stay out of their enforced civic duty.

An excerpt from The Guardian: There are so few exceptions for young men hoping to avoid conscription in South Korea that even the country’s most famous musicians are required to pause their careers and get down in the dirt.

But 12 vocal students have found a new way to avoid service: expanding their waistlines.

The aspiring singers, who were not named, binged on pizza and hamburgers five times a day in an effort to gain weight and ultimately fail the military physical. They swapped tips over chat apps and determined “high-calorie protein shakes, supplements and drinking a lot of aloe juice to retain water weight” were the best options, according to a military investigation.

All South Korean men must serve about 22 months before the age of 28 and are subject to a physical to determine whether they are fit for duty. Those who fail the physical requirements are either exempt from service altogether or must complete alternative civilian work, generally seen as preferable to the privations of military life.

There are almost no exceptions, not even on religious grounds. The issue resurfaced recently when lawmakers and fans of K-pop group BTS called for their achievements at the top of the Billboard charts to be recognised with a pass from the military. Only those who win classical music competitions or medals at the Olympics or Asian Games can avoid conscription.
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Male 139
Story about South Koreans trying to avoid Military service, pic of DPRK troops and Kim Jong-un.

/confused.

Find a pic of South Korean troops .. or hell South Korean's in the 18-28 age range to go with the story. 
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Get fat or be on the wrong side of a bunch of crayon eaters...where is the buffet? I'll pay the check.  
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I went through basic in the US back in '92.  Thankfully, I was in good enough shape to pass the physical.  But we could see those who weren't.  While we were in basic, the fat boys had to go through a prebasic physical fitness camp, then once they lost sufficient weight, they were allowed to start basic.  We could see those poor, fat bastards suffering every day and maybe getting a glass of water and a grilled chicken breast for dinner.  Everywhere they went they had to be running, never walking.  I ran cross country in junior high and high school on a whim and I was really happy that I did.  In the wintertime, I competitively dog sled raced across the Midwest, usually the three or five mile races.  Cant tell ya how glad I was to be in shape and avoid the fatboy basic.
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Male 2,601
kelly_hanna   I went threw basic in 1974 there was no such thing as fat camp like your talking about. Even though I was in reasonable shape, 5'9 and about 145 lbs. running has never been easy for me, and we ran I believe a fast mile every morning, I would have done anything to not have to do that. I was able to do any other physical thing without much trouble, I guess the wind control just eluded me. 
  But to my point, the fat guys had to just struggle
 through it with the rest of us.  I was in the Coast Guard, and was in the first of two companies that were mixed with women (only one other group of women had gone throw boot camp before) so truth be told they were a little unsure of the hole thing and we got away with less physical PT.   But how times have changed.
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casaledana It was gender segregated when I went through, which was fine except for the road marches.  They'd line us all up, according to height, with the tallest guys up front, setting the pace.  I was in the middle towards the back and had to jog half the time to keep up.
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Male 2,601
kelly_hanna  Being in a sea going service we did not have to make long marches at all. 
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casaledana The road marches were the toughest part for me.  45 pound pack (they weighed them before we set off).  11 pound M16.  Two full canteens, two full ammo pouches, first aid kit, cargo pockets crammed full of wet weather gear.  Old steel pot helmets.  All told, probably over 60 pounds of gear and jogging half the time on sandy terrain.
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Male 2,122
casaledana I went through army basic a couple of years after you.  I played tennis and basketball in HS and it didn’t help with the running endurance.  That is an aquired skill that comes with training.
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Male 8,668
What's wrong with bone spurs?
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Male 2,122
Life in the South Korean military is spartan and the ROK Army is truly hardcore.  I honestly believe we are there to keep them from invading the north.

BTW kids with connnections get out of compulsory service by being KATUSAs which augment the US forces - a really sweet deal.

At the same time I find it amusing they binge-eat on pizza and hamburgers: what’s wrong with bulgogi and ramen?
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Male 207
woodyville06 I hope that, if shit hits the fan, the ROK doesn't start death-marching and brutalising it's draftees again.
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Male 6,708
woodyville06 Have you seen the size of the Average American?  If you wanna get fat do like the fat people do.
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Male 17,643
Sadly not an option in the North.
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