12 South Koreans caught purposely making themselves fat to dodge military service

Busan, Republic of Korea (June 6, 2018) Sailors assigned to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) stand at attention at the Patriots Memorial during the Republic of Korea (ROK) Memorial Day Ceremony in Busan. The ceremony was first held in 1956 and is used to commemorate the men and women that have died while in military service during the Korean War and other significant battles. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Carlisle)

Twelve South Korean college students facing mandatory military service reportedly fattened themselves up in order to dodge the call of duty.

The students were all classical music majors from a Seoul university and allegedly stuffed themselves full of protein powder and juice on the day of their scheduled physical examination, according to a spokesperson from the Military Manpower Administration.

Unfortunately for the students, they were found out after they started posting tips in online chatrooms.

While just about every South Korean male of able body is expected to serve before age 28 for a minimum if 21 months, the music students were hoping to be placed in non-military government roles.

Amazingly, their plans worked- the 12 were sent to civilian services, with two of them already finished with their commitment.

According to Agence France-Presse, the military soon found out and, if prosecuted, the twelve draft-dodgers may face criminal charges or be forced to carry out military service.

“Attempts to dodge conscription are not uncommon, with efforts such as deliberately dislocating arms or shoulders,” the AFP reported.

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