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South Korean marine recruits report for mandatory training

We see a lot of pictures of South Korean marines showing us how tough they are. The top photo may be a little closer to the truth.

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Parents of Kim Sun-ui (C), 23, a recruit of the Marine Corps, hold their son's hands before their farewell during an admission ceremony for new soldiers at the Marine Corps recruit training center in Pohang, about 230 miles southeast of Seoul, March 7. In South Korea, all able-bodied men are required to serve in the military for 21-24 months.

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South Korean actor Hyun Bin (1st L, front row) sings a song with fellow recruits during an admission ceremony for new soldiers at the Marine Corps recruit training center in Pohang.