Friday, March 4, 2016

South Korea's biggest boy band could break apart due to military draft


On a day that North Korea has ordered that its nuclear weapons (whose effectiveness is dubious and unknown) be put into a high readiness state, the Washington Post, in a “Style” section story by Anna Fifeld, reports “The military draft threatens to break up (South) Korea’s top boy band”.  That group is called Bug Bang, probably not well known to westerners.

South Korea requires that all able-bodied men complete 20 months of military service by age 32, and for some members, time is getting short.  In the US, the draft age used to expire at 26-1/2 (until it ended in 1973, where there had been a lottery since 1969, which had replaced the controversial system of student deferments.

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