Military to Tighten Conscription Rules

The Military Manpower Administration is planning to toughen regulations for conscription. So far men who had not at least completed middle school are exempt from the draft, but the new plan will include them in the pool of conscripts.

Exceptional talents in sports and the arts who are exempt from military service when they win a single medal in a prestigious competition will now instead need to accumulate points on a prescribed scale.

Kim Young-hoo, the head of the MMA, told reporters Wednesday the agency is pushing to amend the relevant law. "Within a range that does not adversely affect socially marginalized people and the disabled, we also are thinking about mobilizing those with just primary school education in the reserve force."

Admitting that there has been criticism of the easy exemptions for talents in arts and sports, Kim said, "We plan to address this issue by granting the privilege to those who shows steady performance by introducing a point-based system."

englishnews@chosun.com / May 12, 2011 13:15 KST