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South Korean Army Dissolves Celebrity Recruit Program

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posted by Aysohmay on 18 July, 2013 at 02:41 am   ·   45 comments
South Korean Army Dissolves Celebrity Recruit Program

Constant scandals involving celebrity recruits and their special promotional division within the South Korean military has caused the Ministry of Defense to get rid of the division.

The Ministry of Defense held a press conference on July 17 to announce the policy change. The military had been investigating the promotional department for the past two weeks and the role it played.

"The promotional department was established to promote the military and raise the morale of the troops, but due to unpleasant issues that have occurred, the military's image has been tarnished," a military spokesperson stated.

The celebrity recruit program, which was meant to boost soldiers' morale, has hurt it instead, the spokesperson said.

Celebrity soldiers and the treatment they've received by the military has been a hot topic for South Koreans for years. Scrutiny has increased in recent years due to a string of high-profile scandals, such as Rain's abuse of power and, most recently, SE7EN and Sangchu's visit to an adult massage parlor.

"The public's faith is important, but due to various problems with the [promotional department], we have only lost it instead of promoting the military," the spokesperson said.

There are currently 15 celebrity soldiers in the military. Eight of them will be receiving punishment for their behavior and actions. The names of those being punished were not released.

Three of celebrity soldiers who have three months left in the military will reassigned to an active duty unit and will be treated like an ordinary soldier. The others will be reassigned on August 1st.

The celebrity recruit program was established in 1997. Celebrity soldiers regularly received special treatment and generally had an easier time compared to regular soldiers.

"We are sorry for causing citizens distress because of celebrity soldiers' activities. We realize we must take responsibility for not adequately managing them," the spokesperson said.

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  • Posted by Yominis · 2,469 Jpops · 1 shares · 1 year ago  
    Yominis

    Finally. The whole concept of celebrity soldiers was ridiculous.

  • Posted by lemonobsessed · 2,199 Jpops · 1 year ago  
    lemonobsessed

    YEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! THANK YOU FOR HAVING THE BALLS TO STAND UP AND MAKING CELEBRITIES HAVE TO SERVE LIKE THEIR FELLOW MEN!!!!! RAIN SHOULD HAVE TO SERVE IN THE MEN'S ARMY AS PUNISHMENT. YYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

  • Posted by miguel0122 · 1,252 Jpops · 109 shares · 1 year ago  
    miguel0122

    Lol barely? xD
    Well i'm glad they're getting rid of that stupid special treatment

  • Posted by thedreamingseoul · 14,438 Jpops · 45 shares · 1 year ago  
    thedreamingseoul

    i'll admit i don't know a lot about the celeb. recruitment probram much less the military, but really, this program has been going on for 16 years and they're just finding all these problems now?
    They're /celebrities/. they know it, we know it, everyone knows. I agree that it's wrong of them to abuse their power, but honestly, wouldn't you take advantage of your celebrity status if you were in the military?

  • Posted by cristina5887 · 438 Jpops · 1 year ago  
    cristina5887

    because, one way or another, they are just common men.

  • Posted by cristina5887 · 438 Jpops · 1 year ago  
    cristina5887

    >>> so treat them as such ! equality.

  • Posted by cristina5887 · 438 Jpops · 1 year ago  
    cristina5887

    why now? this is such an old problem... why only now? they (the authorities) should have done this since the beginning. why special treatment to those kpop? they are human beings just like the normal ones.

  • Posted by Antoinette0691 · 266 Jpops · 3 shares · 1 year ago  
    Antoinette0691

    Even if the celebrities misused their power it is from start to finish the militaries fault, so why punish celebrities? First of all the army should have said from the start that ONCE an idol is in the amy he is a civilian and not the person on stage. Thus Rain is Jung Jihoon or Se7en is Choi Dongwook, not the personas on stage, which should be clear to both sides and the fans. I never understood why the idols were such a problem and why everyone still treated them as idols- they are still humans and civilians. That the military obviously failed in managing their own system and idols images should not be damaged because of it. Further more why even push idols and non idols into the service- if they don't want to they won't even if you force them too. If some want to show their patriotic side, great, swell do that but I am sure some don't and with all the "want" for world piece a mandatory military service shouldn't be needed.
    P.S. Rain's abuse of power part made me laugh. Did we actually expect him to be a good boy? Really?

  • Reply by LadyRavenB  
    LadyRavenB

    I come from a military family and I understand that once you sign that paper for service no matter what you were before from that point on you are a just another recruit. Yes the fault does belong to the officials that allowed this to go on for so long. However the celebrities should have taken this more seriously as well. From what I have seen, I think military service is not an issue of wanting to, it is required.

    And true....Rain did do a song titled 'Bad Boy'. So it should have been a given.

  • Posted by RedMongoose · 68 Jpops · 61 shares · 1 year ago  
    RedMongoose

    Doesn't really matter. If there's ever a war they'll probably all get pulled out of front-line duty anyway. All people have intrinsic value on account of their humanity, but that doesn't mean everyone is equally valuable tactically.

  • Posted by KOT0Pani587 · 3,246 Jpops · 1 year ago  
    KOT0Pani587

    Finally some common sense. That program should've been rejected along time ago.

  • Posted by Mangagirl1004 · 21,588 Jpops · 1 year ago  
    Mangagirl1004

    I don't think this program should've ever existed in the first place. It's better to treat everyone equal.

  • Posted by HitomiKana · 6,192 Jpops · 3 shares · 1 year ago   now online
    HitomiKana

    Should've done that the first time - treating them as ordinary soldiers.

  • Posted by Chikai · 4,236 Jpops · 5 shares · 1 year ago  
    Chikai

    So most people on here are here because they like to watch or listen to celebrities... and yet 90% of the posts I see are basically demeaning the celebrities without question. Good job everyone. I think we can take Friday off now.

  • Reply by Donna  
    Donna

    You noticed that too, huh? ahahaha

  • Reply by Donna  
    Donna

    Without question.

  • Reply by DShorty  
    DShorty

    I think that's because most people are capable of separating the celebrity's music from their behaviour. Just because I appreciate a person's talent, doesn't mean I inherently agree with everything they do and 'abusing power' during their mandatory enlistment appears to be one of those things people don't agree with.

  • Reply by miguel0122  
    miguel0122

    I agree with DShorty

  • Posted by maou92 · 4,583 Jpops · 8 shares · 1 year ago  
    maou92

    There should have bee equal treatment from the start.

  • Posted by holsetymoon CREW · 20,455 Jpops · 2 shares · 1 year ago  
    holsetymoon

    It's nice to be famous performers, you get perks everywhere

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