I can totally see Yoo An In getting lifelong flack for this and ultimately South Korean netizens have very strong opinions about military service and it’s really beyond me to chime in. The 31 year old actor was planning to enlist this year, the tail end of a South Korean male’s enlistment period but one can’t fault a star for delaying enlistment to get as many projects under his belt as possible while his career is hot. After wrapping tvN drama Chicago Typewriter, Yoo Ah In got a final and 5th physical examination to prepare for enlistment after failing the first four in prior months, and this time was no exception. He has been officially exempt from military service due to complications from osteocarcoma in his shoulder area. I can’t say there are other men who enlist suffering from same or worst physical ailments but if the military exempted him then who am I to offer an armchair medical diagnosis.
Serving in the military as a South Korean male is one of those rites of passage that sometimes perception is way more important than fact for the public. If possible serving may be best especially if one has a career that requires public commentary and feedback. I can’t say Yoo Ah In won’t be fine in the long term but this exemption will certainly be on his CV for the rest of his life as an asterisk.