South Korean soldiers participate in exercises. Almost 65 years after the end of the Korean war, nearly every able-bodied South Korean man between the ages of 18 and 35 must still complete around two years of military service. Photo: AFP

As military service looms for star soccer player Son, South Korea offers alternative for objectors

South Korea’s military service system in the international spotlight this week after soccer fans called for their star player, Son Heung-min, to get an exemption from his service

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South Korean soldiers participate in exercises. Almost 65 years after the end of the Korean war, nearly every able-bodied South Korean man between the ages of 18 and 35 must still complete around two years of military service. Photo: AFP
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