Ask any Singaporean men and they’ll tell you that serving NS is a big deal. Which is why, a lot of men eventually become good friends with their bunkmates and platoon mates even after being discharged from military service.
Like Singapore, some Asian countries also require their men to serve mandatory military service. For South Korea, men between ages 18 and 35 are required to serve for two years. When served with a letter, they are allowed to defer provided they have a valid reason. They would also need to undergo a physical examination to determine if they are fit to serve as an active duty soldier in the army or navy. Those who are not would the serve as a public servant during that period.
Exemptions are uncommon and would require a valid reason, determined by doctors who are appointed by the army. Here are some Korean celebrities – and those who are actively promoting in South Korea –who are exempted from military service.
The Thai NCT member was exempted from serving military service due to a past knee injury. He underwent surgery last year to treat his injured knee. In Thailand, national service is not mandatory for everyone and works on a voluntary and lottery system, where men have to draw lots to see if they are required to serve national service. Due to his injury, he was exempted from taking part in the lottery.
The Thai GOT7 member had flown to Thailand for the lottery. However, it was announced that they had already met the quota through the number of volunteers. If he had picked a red card during the lottery, BamBam would have to serve in the army for two years.
Seo In Guk
Despite going for his basic military training, the actor was exempted from completing his national service after he sustained a cartilage fracture in his left ankle. During further medical examinations, doctors found that he had osteochondritis dissecans, a joint disorder, which led to his exemption.
Kim Woo Bin
The actor received his enlistment letter while receiving treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer. After a medical examination, he was deemed unfit to serve military service, and is thus exempted.
Yoo Ah In
The actor has expressed his desire to serve his military service numerous times and had gone for multiple body checkups, but failed each checkup due to past injuries and bone tumour. After his fifth examination, the authorities announced that he was exempted from serving national service.