This has to be the lamest excuse yet I have heard for getting out of mandatory ROK military service:
Canada awarded a South Korean man refugee status after he objected to the mandatory military service in his home country for being a pacifist and a homosexual, a local human rights group said Thursday.
The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) granted the status in July 2009 to Kim Kyung-hwan, 31, saying the gay conscript is highly likely to face abuse and mistreatment back home, according to the Center for Military Human Rights in Korea, which brought the story to light two years after the fact.
In South Korea, all able-bodied South Korean young men are required by law to serve nearly two-year compulsory military service.
There have been many “conscientious objectors to military service” who chose to serve prison terms instead of entering the military against their political and religious beliefs. But Kim’s case marks the first time in the country that a man seeks shelter in a foreign country after rejecting military conscription due to his homosexuality, according to the rights group. [Yonhap via the Marmot's Hole]
Maybe the celebrity, chaebol kids, and athlete draft dodgers can now just claim they are gay instead of paying off doctors to fake injuries?