And just like that…..he’s off to the army. As he said he would do, Yoo Seung Ho enlisted for his mandatory military service today without a single media or fan member present to send him off. That’s quite a startling contrast to the majority of star enlistments, especially stars of his degree of popularity, where the media is camped out and his dedicated fans from all over Asia show up to wave their favorite oppa goodbye for nearly 2 years. For one thing, Yoo Seung Ho is probably not an oppa to 99% of his fans. He’s also not enlisting towards the tail end of the enlistment period but is rather enlisting when the majority of Korean men serve which is around 20-21 years old. Below are pictures of Yoo Seung Ho sporting a buzz cut at a farewell party this past weekend. He also released a short video on his fan café apologizing for enlisting so quietly but he didn’t want to distract from other enlisting soldiers by the media presence because serving his military duty at this stage in his life is what he wanted to do. Yoo Seung Ho makes me love him more with every career decision he makes whether its choosing supporting roles for the variety and breadth of experience or electing to experience military life with most Korean men in his age group rather than delaying until the very end. I’ll miss him dearly but it’s with a happy heart I send him off. Be good, get some army abs, and noona will be here waiting for you in two years. He has been really busy acting the last two years alone, leaving four dramas and a movie behind. There is the thriller Blind with Kim Ha Neul, the sageuks Warrior Baek Dong Soo and Arang and the Magistrate, the weepy melodrama Missing You, and the time-traveling romance Operational Proposal. There is bound to be something for everyone to rewatch while waiting for him to return.
Yoo Seung Ho saying goodbye: