Serving as a conscripted policeman is one of the options available to Korean men required to fulfill their mandatory military service. However, this may no longer be an option in the future.
According to a new report from Korean media outlet Yonhap News, there are currently 25,000 young men serving as conscripted policemen but there is a plan reportedly in place to stop the recruitment of young men by abolishing the current system by 2023.
The report states that due to the recent controversy surrounding BIGBANG's T.O.P, the plan is to first abolish the recruitment of celebrities as conscripted policemen starting in 2018. There's also reportedly a plan to close down the police's own baseball and soccer teams, which allows sports stars to continue playing during their military service period.
At the time of writing, there are a number of celebrities currently serving as conscripted policemen, including Super Junior's Siwon, TVXQ's Changmin, and JYJ's Xia Junsu.
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