Students try to avoid national service with pizza and burgers A dozen South Korean music students have been accused of conspiring to gain weight to avoid compulsory military service.

Military service is compulsory for men in South Korea. Photo: Reuters
Military service is compulsory for men in South Korea. Photo: Reuters

Nicola Smith in Seoul

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A dozen South Korean music students have been accused of conspiring to gain weight to avoid compulsory military service.

The authorities said the students discussed on a messaging app how to rapidly bulk up as a way of failing the army’s medical examination.

According to ‘The Korea Herald’, they ate high-calorie foods such as pizza and hamburgers five times a day, with one gaining 30kg in just six months.

The men, all vocalists who attended the same college, also reportedly debated eating “high-calorie protein shakes, supplements and drinking a lot of aloe juice to retain water weight”.

Some suggested acting “crazy” on purpose.

All able-bodied South Korean men aged between 18 and 35 must serve for at least 21 months in the army.

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