Posted on September 10, 2021
Did you know that mandatory military service in Korea is sometimes a life changer?
In Korea, every Korean man has to serve in the military for a minimum of 21 months, and this is a rite of passage in Korean culture. The Korean government requires all men between the ages of 18 and 35 to serve in the army.
Some people see mandatory military service as a waste of time because they want to focus on their careers during this fertile period where they can develop skills that will help them succeed later in life. Others feel pressure from family members who don’t understand why someone would voluntarily give up two years of hard work for something so seemingly unnecessary like serving in the army when you could be earning money and working towards your goals instead.
But military service isn’t all bad. It can be a life-changing experience because it offers a chance to grow up and mature in many ways.
Mandatory military service can be a time for learning important life lessons they need to be successful in society later on down the road. It’s an opportunity where you can break free from the restrictions of your hometown and become an independent adult.
For many, mandatory military service proves to be an opportunity for growth. Young men are forced outside of their comfort zones, and into the real world. They learn how to cook, clean, take care of themselves in harsh conditions with minimal supplies, work together as a team and they’re required to perform near-impossible physical feats every day. This all happens while living with other young men, who are also learning how to live in the real world. It changes them for the better.
This mandatory military service forces everyone to grow up, take responsibility for their actions, know what it feels like to lose a comrade in arms, and be brave enough to face any obstacle that gets thrown at them. It teaches young men how society works when they step out into the real world, which makes them more well-rounded individuals than those who never served.
In conclusion, it’s always an individual experience. Some see it as a negative, but others see it as an opportunity for personal growth. While not all people who serve their country feel that they’ve changed and matured because of their experience with compulsory military service, there is still something to learn from this time for many young Korean men. They are given opportunities to grow outside of any boundaries set by society while getting accustomed to things like cooking and cleaning without relying on family members around them during these times where important lessons can be learned about living in society later on down the line when they leave home.
And.. one thing is certain:
it’s always an experience that changes you in ways you never expected and creates life long bonds between those who serve together.