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Defense Ministry plan gives points to men

The Ministry of National Defense is planning to implement a policy that would give South Korean men who have completed their military service additional points when taking examinations for government jobs, according to a military official yesterday.

“We are planning to get the public on board this year in order to reinstate this policy for those with completed military terms who are hunting for jobs,” a high-ranking military official said. “Our goal is to have the policy in place just in time for the temporary session of the National Assembly in April.”

Under the policy, men who have finished their military service can get a bonus on hiring assessments of up to 2.5 percent, down from 3 percent to 5 percent in an earlier plan that was deemed unconstitutional and scrapped in 1999. Men with extra points would only be able to account for 20 percent of any agency’s yearly hires.

The ruling Grand National Party said in December that they would push the policy into action in the wake of the Yeonpyeong Island attack. That caused some backlash among women’s rights groups and groups for the disabled.

Women’s rights groups are against the idea and say the policy would only result in increased gender discrimination.

Recent surveys show that Korean women make about 66 percent of the wages men make.


By Christine Kim [christine.kim@joongang.co.kr]

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