Military Service

Israeli objector launches own war against compulsory army service

Nathan Blanc refuses to serve. Photo: AP

It is a routine Nathan Blanc knows well. At 9am today, the 19-year-old is to report, as instructed in his draft papers, to a military base near Tel Aviv. There he will state his objection to serving in the Israeli army. Following his refusal to enlist, Blanc expects to be arrested and sentenced to between 10 and 20 days in jail.

Wednesday, 3 April, 2013, 3:57am

South Korean singer Rain faces military discipline over love life

South Korean pop singer Rain entertains army conscripts during a cultural festival at a boot camp in the city of Euijeongbu. Photo: EPA

South Korean pop icon Rain is to be disciplined after it emerged he may have flouted military service rules while dating a top actress, the defence ministry said on Thursday.

Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters that the 30-year-old singer would appear before a military disciplinary committee next week.

“However, he is not expected to land in jail,” Kim said.

3 Jan 2013 - 3:37pm

Conscripted pop star Rain's romance angers fans

South Korean pop singer Rain gives a military salute to his fans before he enters the army to serve compulsory military service. Photo: AFP

South Korean pop icon Rain has come under fire after news media reported that his relationship with a TV actress suggested he might be flouting the terms of his compulsory military service.

3 Jan 2013 - 5:46am

Taiwan to relax draft for students enrolled on mainland

Taiwanese students on the mainland will soon be able to go home for holidays without risking being drafted into military service.

Every Taiwanese male is required to perform military service the year they turn 18, but those studying at selected universities on the mainland will be allowed to defer their service until they are 24.

16 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Lessons in patriotism

It seems that the people of Hong Kong are overly simplistic about patriotism.

For patriotism to thrive, one should think of one's country - China in our case - above all else. A patriot is one who is prepared to die for one's country when necessary, like the US soldiers in Iraq.

24 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Mandatory PLA duty cut to two years

The PLA is to cut the length of compulsory military service to two years as part of an effort to attract better-educated youngsters in its modernisation drive.

Service in the army is being reduced from three years, while in the air force and navy it is being cut from four.

28 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Soldiers wait for axe to fall on jobs

HUNDREDS of British soldiers currently stationed in Hongkong will know tomorrow whether their jobs have disappeared in the latest round of armed forces cuts.

Senior officers and enlisted men based in the territory are expected to suffer particularly badly from the second of a three-part annual reduction announced by the Ministry of Defence under its Options For Change plan.

24 Feb 1993 - 12:00am