eujin wrote:Sampo wrote:The baseball player Choo Shin-soo got an exemption for playing in the Asian Games.
but only because they did end up winning it
In many ways Park is quite lucky. He still gets to spend the majority of his conscript time practicing his profession which isn't true of most people. He gets to defer his service until age 28, whereas most people don't unless they stay in school, in which case they still have to go around age 24. He's just "unlucky" that things have been going well for him so his deferment hasn't helped him or his team. If you give him an exemption, then there's a lot of other people who'd want an exemption too, for being famous jingle writers, TIME magazine's most influential person in the world, posterboys of the Korean wave, or a millionaire internet start-up CEO . He earns a lot of money and is very famous, but the law applies equally to him as anyone else, as of recently even if you're not 100% ethnically Korean. (mockshock)
Not sure why the law needs to apply equally to everyone mind you. You can get immigration visas if you have enough money or contribute enough to the economy no reason why you couldn't exempt people from national service. In fact they already do, it's just a very narrow band of exemptions.
Could easily enough be resolved by saying professional athletes can defer their service till 35 or 40 even.