MILITARY SERVICEMilitary Duty for Korean Adoptees
The Korean government requires that all Korean male citizens serve a military duty when they are between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five. However, there are some exceptions.
Military Service Obligations for Those with Dual Citizenships
In principle, all Korean males between the age of 18 and 35 are subject to the Korean military duty. Males with dual citizenships who are registered in the Korean Family Registrar are required to fulfill their military obligations, unless they postpone or obtain exemption before they reach the age of 18. Koreans who acquired the US citizenship by naturalization are not considered dual citizens; they are US citizens not subject to the Korean military duty. [ Link ] For any further inquiries, please contact Military Manpower Administration Call-Center in the Republic Korea (1588-9090). Information Regarding Restrictions of Permit for Overseas Travel for Persons Under Obligation to Serve in the Military
We hereby inform that any person with an obligation to serve in the military, who has not completed military service, or is not exempted from military service, and falls under any of the following categories, shall not be granted a permit for overseas travel according to Article 70, Paragraph (2) of the Military Service Act and Article 145, Paragraph (6) of the Enforcement Decree of the same Act (☞ Cannot depart from the Republic of Korea).