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Military Manpower Administration to directly take charge of celebrity enlistment from now on

By yckim124   Thursday, April 6, 2017   88,310   2,470   315
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The Republic of Korea Military Manpower Administration (MMA) announced that they'll be directly handling the enlistment of celebrities from now on. 


Earlier this month, the MMA sent an official letter to a number of entertainment agencies requesting cooperation. The letter also requests the agencies to submit information on their artists, as well as trainees born between January 1, 1980, to December 31, 1999.


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The male artists mentioned by the MMA include singers, actors, comedians, dancers, models, and trainees. 


MMA's act on celebrity enlistment is a result of growing concern about celebrities constantly delaying enlistment due to entertainment activities. 


A rep from MMA stated, "Celebrity enlistment is an interest to the whole nation. As a new law has been implemented for a thorough care, we need active cooperation from entertainment agencies."

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    Eithra Monday, April 10, 2017

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    Eithra Saturday, April 8, 2017

    I wonder if the people supporting mandatory military service in the comments below realize that conscription is technically a form of slavery and is illegal. Well I'm glad I live in a country where people don't have to be forced to join the military because people are proud to serve their country as a soldier. For a developed nation to need to force it's male citizens to enlist is just sad.

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    YueYuu Eithra Saturday, April 8, 2017

    Amen, I find it so horrible. And I'd bet even if they'd get rid of mandatory military service now most would still feel the pressure of the society to go to the Army. They could at least create the option of alternative civilian service for a start :/

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    Eithra YueYuu Saturday, April 8, 2017

    Exactly.

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    Eithra Sunday, April 9, 2017

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    Eithra Monday, April 10, 2017

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    Eithra Monday, April 10, 2017

    You guys are seriously problematic, but continue hating, seems like you have too much free time on your hands.LOL. If you have a problem with my saying a developed country, just say so! I was referring to South Korea, so I don't see what the big problem is unless you live in South Korea.

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    Eithra Monday, April 10, 2017

    You all are still seriously problematic. If you can't see why mandatory military service is problematic, then that's your problem. But don't expect everyone to support it because it technically is a violation of human rights. If you have a problem with my saying that conscription is like slavery then refute my statement but you obviously can't otherwise you wouldn't resort to only disliking my comment. You guys are pathetic.

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    YueYuu Eithra Monday, April 10, 2017

    holy fuck! what the heck is going on with the dislikes? They're freaking crazy (and uninformed apparently)

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    NGM_979 Eithra Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Well, you need to understand that world politics is complicated in matters like these. In case any enemy nation decides to attack, I believe this is their way of ensuring military support for war. While I have yet to develop a view on this idea, I have to say that it is to protect the country and South Koreans must see it as their duty to the nation. There is nothing wrong with that. Anyways, I hope the best for all the people who enlisted and advise you to see the other side of the coin.

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    Eithra YueYuu Sunday, April 16, 2017

    Exactly.

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    hellomyppl_ofwrl Friday, April 7, 2017

    im torn apart between opinion, i mean in a perspective, just imagine you are a new artist, or a young guy just start to start their career, not particularly in the music industry. All the effort will be wasted if you are suddenly enlisted and need to spend 2 years in military.  But in another perspective i believe that everyone need to have the same treatment, and they should go enlist while they are young so they can focus on their career and job in later life. So yeah, its bad news for idol i guess because they need to enlist young when their status in the industry is not yet establish . So im guessing all the company will debut super young idol so they can have time before they turn 18 .

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    Eithra hellomyppl_ofwrl Friday, April 7, 2017

    Except the kpop industry is notorious for being partial to young people.

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    hellomyppl_ofwrl Eithra Friday, April 7, 2017

    but do they have a choice? they can't afford having for example suddenly 3 out of 5 group member enlisting suddenly if all of them are 18yo or older, especially if the group are from a small company .

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    Eithra hellomyppl_ofwrl Monday, April 10, 2017

    You're seriously problematic. If you can't see why mandatory military service is problematic, then that's your problem. But don't expect everyone to support it because it technically is a violation of human rights. If you have a problem with my saying that conscription is like slavery then refute my statement but you obviously can't otherwise you wouldn't resort to only disliking my comment. You're pathetic.

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    Love__Peace Friday, April 7, 2017

    War,bombs,fights,murders,killing we can never have a world without these words cause we humans  already lost the word  " TRUST "

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    Mehrvigne Friday, April 7, 2017

    I'm expecting to get a lot of downvotes on this, but the truth is the truth (and most people can't handle it.)  If you think this is unfair, try to look at the broader picture.  I'll break it down in points.  [POINT 1] SK has always been in conflict.  My dad had to serve in SK on the DMZ between NK and SK well after the Korean War was over, but there will ALWAYS be conflict as long as NK, China, Russia and Japan are allies.  SK is like monkey in the middle of a bunch of bullies.  With things heating up globally, they have to set their priorities.  Yes, their idols are an income to the country and a major export (entertainment) but if you don't have a country to defend, how are you going to continue to produce?  Defense is more important right now.  [POINT 2] Given that entertainment is one of their industries that practically pulled them out of economic collapse, I wouldn't doubt it if the MMA will be handling the enlistments to make sure idols are more back-end and less front-end to "protect their commodity."  Nobody ever looks at that possibility.  [POINT 3]  It would do you good to go back and read up on SK history to know where they stand politically in the world.  Then you would understand that regardless of one's profession, they are still a SK citizens and are not above the law of the land.  This isn't the US where people can burn their draft cards, go on someone's farm land and hold a sing-along protest because we're so detached from the rest of the world geographically. (Canada and Mexico aren't threats.)  So,  yeah.  Read your history.  Stop crying that it's unfair to your favorite idol's career and accept the fact that this is their law.  Your idol isn't going to lose any of their talent.  Many US entertainers gave up their career to fight for their country and they were fine and dandy when they came back.  Stop worrying.

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    Eithra Mehrvigne Friday, April 7, 2017

    Since when did Japan and China become allies??

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    Amy_osaki Friday, April 7, 2017

    this is how fans would look like if their oppa is enlisting

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    Dj_okoPacifist Friday, April 7, 2017

    South Korea should stop act cocky with country around them. they not only doing it with North Korea, but also with japan and Chinese

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    Dj_okoPacifist Friday, April 7, 2017

    so it's more easy for celebrity, they will get a better treatment now. like pussy TOP

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    Eithra Dj_okoPacifist Friday, April 7, 2017

    How is it easier for them?? -_-

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    Dj_okoPacifist Eithra Friday, April 7, 2017

    because they are treated differently from other citizen

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    krell Friday, April 7, 2017

    I have noticed that a LOT of the CELEBRITIES seem to be able to be admitted into S.K MILITARY units that are *preferred and desired* ones. Like with TOP (Big Bang) and YOOCHUN (JYJ) being admitted as S.K MILITARY POLICE. I have *no reason* to believe that they got into these PREFERRED UNITS in a manner that involved *PREFERRED TREATMENT* due to their CELEBRITY status. But also, I think that the S.KOREAN PUBLIC does wonder about it.

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    qwerty_Kpop Friday, April 7, 2017

    kpop fans be like

     phewwwww, reasoning with them is a waste of time

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    Eithra qwerty_Kpop Friday, April 7, 2017

    You seem to think you know everything about North and South Korea even though you don't live there.

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    qwerty_Kpop Eithra Friday, April 7, 2017

    are you offended by this picture? lol... the fact that you know it is directed to you is the most intelligent thing you've done today...

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    qwerty_Kpop Eithra Friday, April 7, 2017

    BTW, didn't I ask you to raise a petition... I'm not Korean, but I'm really curious to know hi=ow many of them sign up, please do share the url

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    Eithra qwerty_Kpop Friday, April 7, 2017

    I'm against mandatory military service in any country. Get that through your thick skull. -_-

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    qwerty_Kpop Eithra Friday, April 7, 2017

    Petition, Petition... preaching here won't help... stand up for your Koreans (or oppa)

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    qwerty_Kpop Eithra Friday, April 7, 2017

    wow, even disliking the petition comment? you are even against that? Gosh, what the hell are you??

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    yuune Eithra Friday, April 7, 2017

    You can know a lot about your home country without living there lol. Maybe broaden your perspectives.

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    Eithra yuune Friday, April 7, 2017

    No you can't. You can never experience what people living there do. An Indian living in America and an Indian living in India have two vastly different perspectives.

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    yuune Eithra Friday, April 7, 2017

    Yeah you may not have the same experiences, I agree, but you can KNOW about your country and its various problems.

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    yuune Eithra Friday, April 7, 2017

    I you truly had an interest, that is

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