Taxpayers in South Korea obviously aren't particularly concerned about waste in their armed forces, with members of its air force allowed to swan about making funny videos to put on YouTube.

The Les Miserables parody clip, which currently sits on a respectable 1.5m views, features alternative Korean lyrics and a plot regarding love on a desolate, snow-bound air base. The troops manage to look pretty happy about being there and taking part in the madness; quite an achievement given that South Korea requires all able-bodied men to carry out two tears of compulsory military service.

"We hope that the video can help shatter the image of the military as a dull place and encourage more youth to take the service with delight," said Major Cheon Myeong-Nyeong, one of the officers responsible for backing this bizarre musical mini feature. [YouTube via BBC]