Sunday, July 1, 2012

2 Korean Stars On Army Enlistment, Exemption

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin 
MANILA, Philippines  - A member of a boy band will enlist in the military in July while a Korean actor faces controversy over his exemption from military service.
SS501 member Kim Kyu Jong will complete his basic military training for four weeks starting July 23, according to a notice posted by B2M Entertainment on his personal website on June 26.
Kim Kyu Jong and Kim Moo Yul (Photos by

After training, he will serve as public service personnel instead of being on active duty due to health reasons. He is currently finishing his album before his enlistment.
He will be the first member of SS501 to enlist in the army.
While Kim Kyu Jong will be entering the army, a Korean actor is facing harsh criticism for allegedly dodging his military service.
Kim Moo Yul is hounded by controversy after he filed for exemption from military service, citing poverty as reason.
The actor, who starred in dramas “Iljimae” in 2008 and “Wife Returns” in 2009, filed the application in 2010.
Korean media said Kim Moo Yul earned approximately 300 million won (P11 million) from 2007 to 2009, thus he cannot use poverty as reason for military exemption.
Back in 2001, the actor was declared fit to serve the military after undergoing medical exam. Between 2007 and 2009, he didn’t enlist in the military, saying that he was preparing for civil service exams.
The Korean JoongAng Daily quoted Kim Moo Yul’s agency as saying that his family is really poor and that the actor is the sole breadwinner.
"At the time of his enrolling at Sungkyunkwan University in 2002, his family's financial] condition was so bad that he was almost unable to continue his studies. He considered joining a special military force after he heard that he could make 30 million won [P1.1 million] by doing that, but he put off going to the military after his father collapsed due to a cerebral hemorrhage and he began taking care of all of his family members,” said Yeo Jun-yeong, head of Prain TPC, according to the newspaper.

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