Is Bae Sang-moon in the army now?
Bae Sang-moon is a professional golfer from South Korea currently sitting at number 84 worldwide. He finished 2014 on number 124 moneywise and in 2015 he’s on number 2 with over $1 million which he earned in three events.
Even though 2014 has been a great year for him and 2015 is shaping up to be even better things look a little bleak for the 28 year golfer. He may be forced to serve his military duty in South Korea before being able to rejoin the pro golf life. Since this service lasts 2 years the problem is clear to everyone.
Even though Bae Sang-moon has a valid travel visa, the South Korean government is refusing to extend it until he serves his duty. The South Korean law states that anyone who lives for a year in another country has the right to have his visa extended for another three years if they have acquired permanent residency.
Also the law states that if a South Korean citizen spends less than 6 months in the country he is not required to come back for military service. Bae Sang-moon spent only 133 non-consecutive days in the last 12 months in South Korea, mostly playing PGA tours.
It is still a boggle why South Korean military wants to bring Bae Sang-moon back to serve his duty seeing how he checks out to have his travel visa extended. Bae stated that the law firm representing him is investigating the issue but the military is very persistent.