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Thailand – Heartthrobs Exempted From Annual Military Draft

Via: Khaosod

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(7 April) Two celebrity actors, Nadech Kugimiya and Mario Maurer, have been spared from the annual mandatory military service.
According to Thai laws, all Thai males must report for a 2-year military service when they reach the age of 21, unless they have registered for Reserve Force and received military training in their high school years.

Citizens with medical conditions are exempted from the draft. Transgenders (“ladyboys”) are also barred from the military draft due to their physical genders.

In early April each year, the media is abuzz with speculation which celebrity heartthrobs would “pick the red card” and join the military. For 2014, Mr. Nadech and Mr. Mario are qualified for the draft, and each actor reported to their regiment officers in their hometowns.

Mr. Nadech, who turned 23 this year, arrived at the draft registration and selectino venue at Central Plaza shopping mall in Khon Kaen province this morning. It is his third appearance at the annual military draft; the actor has previously requested for postponement of the military service in the past two years.

http://en.khaosod.co.th/detail.php?newsid=1396866108

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Hey, in the U.S. it’s ‘same-same’. (See Photo)

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