The army also stressed that homosexual activity in the military is banned to allow soldiers to maintain "sound and healthy private lives." "The army will continue to deal with activities that disrupt the discipline of troops based on related laws," the army said in a statement. repealed its policy, known as don't ask, don't tell, which banned open homosexuality in the military.
South Korea's stance runs counter to that of the United States, which maintains bases in the country and is its largest ally. It now allows service members to reveal they are gay without fear of investigation or discharge.
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Military investigators looking into the case have threatened soldiers to out their gay peers, confiscated cellphones to check communication records, and even used dating apps to dupe soldiers into revealing their sexual identity, said Lim Tae-hoon, the head of the Military Human Rights Center for Korea, which tracks down abuses in the armed forces.
Seeking Arrangement.com, which deems itself "the world's largest sugar dating website," reportedly surveyed over 256,000 member profiles in an effort to determine the most eligible (and wealthiest) bachelors within the gay community.
New York City easily nabbed the top spot, followed by Chicago and Los Angeles, in second and third place respectively.
The army doesn't reveal information about how often it pursues cases against gay soldiers, but Lim said in the five years before 2017 he knows of only two cases where soldiers were prosecuted for homosexual activity.
Since the start of the year, more than 30 soldiers have come under investigation and one has been arrested, an army captain who did not know the soldiers involved, Lim said.