Scholars and Soldiers

I just bumped into a student who I assumed had graduated and moved on.  Turns out he’s actually back to finish after his mandatory two years of military service in the South Korean army.

I’m sure the logistics of bringing millions of young men into military service each year must be a nightmare, but it still seems strange that you can’t do your time either entirely before or after college.  Given that going to college is such a huge deal here I’m surprised by how many of my students have to basically “lose” two years before they can finish.

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2 Responses to Scholars and Soldiers

  1. Conor says:

    Unproductive, but also stiffling. To think that you would have your entire university experience chopped in half just as you are probably building up steam…

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