The Ministry of National Defense has provided advance notice of changes to body composition standards for conscripts. The changes will mean that fewer males are exempt from military service. They will also expand the draft pool. Previously, those whose single-eye vision was corrected by 0.1 or under and those with eye diopters of over 11 after mydriasis were exempt. Now, there is a new provision of "optimal corrected vision does not reach 0.6." Previously, those with a BMI over 31.5 were exempt. Now, only those with a BMI of over 35 are exempt. The minimum height requirement has also been lowered from 157 cm to 155 cm.
I mentioned to the Foreign and National Defense Committee that I hoped the Ministry of National Defense could conduct an evaluation of the overall sources of troops and body-related health, so we're happy to see that the Ministry of National Defense has responded quickly.
The moderate relaxation of restrictions at this moment allows for greater fairness and increased sources of troops. I think it's quite appropriate.
Legislators were for the most part happy to see the changes, saying a relaxation of restrictions will allow more people to learn basic combat skills. Related issues can also be discussed in the legislature after the draft bill is released.
The main objectives are to respond to combat evolution and to uphold the principle of fairness in military service. We had to make appropriate adjustments based on current societal requirements and positions.
The ministry convened discussions with the National Conscription Agency, training units, and medical associations before adjusting the standards. It has not yet made a final decision. It will collect feedback during a period of 60 days and then hold further discussions.