“A man needs to go to the military”… Controversy over the promotional video of the Military Manpower Administration

A promotional video screen for the ‘Super Himchani’ system, which was posted by the Military Manpower Administration to provide an opportunity for active duty support by subsidizing treatment costs to class 4 and 5 judges. Military Manpower Administration YouTube video capture

A publicity video related to military life that the Military Manpower Administration recently uploaded to its YouTube account has been embroiled in controversy over disparaging social service personnel.

On the 5th, the Military Manpower Administration posted a video titled ‘A story of military life heard from friends’ on its official YouTube account. It tells the story of an active-duty soldier who is on vacation, talking about his military life with friends who are about to enlist.

The remarks in question came out while explaining the process of enlisting in active duty after the main character, who is serving in the military on active duty, was judged level 4 in the military service judgment test, then lost weight through the Military Manpower Administration’s ‘Super Himchani Project’.

The main character said, “I applied for the Super Himchan system because I thought my personality would allow me to go to active duty.” The friend replied, “Actually, because of your personality, you have to go to the military to go somewhere and proudly say that you are a man.” To this, the main character said, “We all have to go to the military anyway. If that’s the case, I think that I want to go properly.”

The main character’s remarks include the explanation that after receiving a grade 4 test in the military service judgment test, he lost weight through the Military Manpower Administration’s ‘Super Himchan’s Project’ and enlisted in active duty. The ‘Super Himchani Project’ is a system that supports expenses so that a person who has received a grade 4 or 5 judgement due to weight in the military service determination test can receive help from hospitals, fitness clubs, or public health centers if they wish to enlist in active duty service. According to the criteria for disposition of military service, grades 1 to 3 are enlisted for active duty service, grade 4 is supplementary service (social service personnel), grade 5 is wartime service (wartime military support), and grade 6 is exempt.

Those eligible for enlistment are waiting for a physical examination at the Gyeongin Regional Military Manpower Administration in Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do. Segye Ilbo data photo

Immediately after the video was posted, there was a flood of criticisms from the online community, such as, “Is it a division between active duty and the public interest?”

On the 13th, the Youth Justice Party demanded an apology and deletion, calling it “serious derogatory remarks against young people who are dedicated to social service.” Kang Min-jin, leader of the Youth Justice Party, said, “The Korean military, which treats young people at low prices without even paying the minimum wage, needs to be fundamentally changed. I am sorry that I did,” he said.

As the controversy escalated, the Military Manpower Administration decided to amend the content of the controversial video. An official from the Military Manpower Administration said on the 14th, “It is regrettable that the controversy has become different from the original purpose.”

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