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S. Korea Confronts Abuse in Military Ranks

It is the moment that Kwak Byoung-ho knew would eventually come. The 21-year-old conscript says good-bye to his mother and grandmother just ahead of his induction into South Korea’s armed forces. “It is exciting, but I am also a little nervous about starting,” says Kwak, speaking in the presence of military personnel. South Korea maintains a 600-thousand-strong military, made up mostly of young recruits like Kwak, a legacy of the country’s unfinished war with North Korea. Every...

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