Support for Compulsory Military Service on the Wane

      December 05, 2014 08:25

      More parents hope their sons can skip compulsory military service, which they consider a waste of precious years in their young lives.

      According to a recent survey, seven out of 10 respondent or 70.2 percent, said they would encourage young men to "tough it out," but the percentage was much smaller among people under 50.

      Some 40.2 percent whose sons are nearing conscription age said they would prefer them to be exempt if possible. The proportion was slightly bigger among mothers than fathers with 42.5 percent as against 37.9 percent.

      In a similar survey by a high school in Busan in August, 38.1 percent of respondents said they want to avoid conscription if possible. Only 34.5 percent agreed that military service is inevitable at a time when the nation remains divided, and even fewer or 27.4 percent agreed that it is "natural and honorable" to serve in the military.

      That suggests some 70 percent do not see the point.

      Asked why they do not look forward to their military service, 39.5 percent cited the hard life in barracks, 32.3 percent violence and bullying, and 28.2 percent said it would be a waste of time.

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