Disclaimer: This is not a serious question on me; I just wonder.

If you are male and get a nationality of South Korea, are you obliged to serve for military service in South Korea?

I have often heard that some Korean boys try hard to get another country's citizenship to avoid the potential military service. But I wonder what is the opposite of the case.

Is it mandatory or exempt? Or does it differ by ages?

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According to Wikipedia, EasyLaw Korea, and Statutes of the Republic of Korea (in English):

Draft-age males who acquire Korean nationality must complete or be exempted from military service. In Korea, dual nationality is not allowed, so those who acquire South Korean nationality by naturalization are expected to forfeit their foreign nationality within six months.


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