Thursday, July 05, 2007

Military Service in Korea and its problems

Here in Korea, every man is supposed to be serving in a military. Exceptions apply to those with mental or physical deficiencies, whether it's a big or small, or those who are deemed to be "smart" - those ones are assigned to some companies to do some more "productive" works.

The problem with this system is that people who served in a military, whether they liked it or not, are losing 2-3 years of their young career, and the society as a whole is not kind enough to compensate them for their "loss of opportunity". The root of this problem is that the Korean society in general is not so appreciative of the people who served in military. Okay, this is just my opinion, but you should agree with me on this one if you compare how the military personnel or veterans in U.S., Canada, U.K., or some other countries are being praised and appreciated by its people and society on a regular basis.

More importantly, it doesn't matter what the person did in the military. He may have assasined Bin Laden, he may have flied jetfighters, he may have built roads for military use, he may have destroyed a whole country all by himself, or all he may have done was cooking meals and washing dishes. It simply doesn't matter what he did. If he (or she) served, then he'll get appropriate and deep-hearted praises and appreciations from general public.

In Korea, this doesn't happen. And when people who served in military comes up with a question like "We are disadvantaged, so we do want some sort of compensations in some forms!" Then the others (e.g. women or people who worked at some companies) often go nuts and say compensating them is a "unfair advantage to the selected few" and "discrimination" against them. Bullshit.

I think what the people who served want is not money or anything material. What they truly need is proper and warm appreciation and recognition for their time and sacrifices.

The problem is most people do not see this fact.

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