The South Korean Ministry of Defense recently announced that it will provide customized meatless meals to vegetarian and Muslim enlistees. As of February 2021, enlistees will be asked to mark if they are vegetarian when they take their physical exams—columns marked “vegetarian” in both English and Korean will be available on the exam form. The information will be then sent to the military unit the enlistees will serve so it can provide them with meatless meals.
“As soon as we identify the number of vegetarian and Muslim soldiers next year, we will develop customized menus,” a military source said. Main meals will include foods such as tofu, vegetables, salads, cereals, and vegetarian bibimbap. Currently, two soldiers in service have identified themselves as a vegetarian and a Muslim, respectively, and the military provides them with meatless meals.