Henry
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Henry asked in TravelAfrica & Middle EastIsrael · 1 month ago

Koreans have to fight for 2 years!? I thought that was Israelis!!!?

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  • TNO
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    1 month ago
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    It's both. Well, kinda.

    For South Korea, it's about two years for males. South Korean females are not obligated to serve their nation's armed forces, but they're free to voluntarily sign up if they choose. Men do not get this choice, and have to enlist. On the other side of the border, North Korean men also have to enlist but for them, things are not as well regulated. They have to serve longer, and probably under harsh conditions. They also force some women into their armed services, though not at the rate they do with men. Another thing to note about North Korea is that the sons of the leaders often get to evade military service or are put in cushy jobs, and get opportunities like college which are generally kept out of reach for normal citizens instead of long military service.

    For Israel, it's two years for Jewish females. Jewish in this case means someone a part of the Jewish people, whether that be religiously or culturally. Jewish males actually are obligated to serve three years, and so do the males of the Druze community. The Druze are a separate Abrahamic religion who believe in being patriotic and cooperative with the government of the land, and actually asked for their sons to be conscripted to show this and be treated like most other Israelis. Their daughters aren't obligated to serve, but can if they want to. Other non-Jewish Israelis are free to serve as well, for example many Bedouin men enlist because the IDF grants great opportunity; however, for them it's completely voluntary. One thing to note about Israel's military law is that it does grant military exemption, so the ultra-Orthodox Jews often don't serve (since they study all day) and many women and some men actually can do "national service" instead, where they work with charities and public offices rather than the military.

    You have to keep in mind that South Korea, like Israel, is still technically AT WAR with North Korea. They have a ceasefire, but things can devolve at any minute and they'll find themselves in active conflict with the North. Which, if frequent missile testing indicates, is something the North clearly hasn't written off. Both Israel and South Korea are in situations where they may need to call upon their population to defend their nation, needing the numbers to put up a decent counteroffensive to those who'd seek to destroy them. As such, they have obligatory conscription for many of their youth. They're not alone in this, as other nations forcibly conscript their males (and sometimes their females) at or around the age of 18 as well. 

  • John P
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    1 month ago

    ??? Are you asking about compulsory military service in those places? Or are you asking about several of the various wars which have taken place in Israel and Korea in the last 150 years? Or what?

    You should really learn to cast questions in ways which other people can understand. Get help from your teacher of English.

    • Henry
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      1 month agoReport

      Wars in the past are not using the present tense, especially for wars that aren't ongoing.

  • 1 month ago

    Lots of countries have mandatory conscription. So did the US until about 45 years ago.

  • 1 month ago

    Korean Women have to fight to protect their country from a northern invasion, indeed people should protect their country from an outside aggression thus Israelis are serving to invade others lands and kill civilians in Palestine, It is different Henry, don't compare a developed country like Korea to an Apartheid temporary state like Israel.

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  • 1 month ago

    Many countries around the world still have National Service programmes

  • Silver
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    It's both. I believe the Korean conscription laws are harsher. Abroad citizens have to do it too. Women are exempt.

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