There was two big K-ent star military enlistment news today so I’m reporting it together. First up is the very expected news that cancer-recovering male actor-model Kim Woo Bin is officially exempt from military service. Like, d’uh. He spent the last 8 months undergoing chemo treatment for throat cancer and is currently in recovery, with his agency confirming the exemption today and also that he hopes to return to his activities sometime this year. Apparently Kim Woo Bin got his enlistment notice shortly after his cancer diagnosis last year and went in for his physical and ranked grade 6 which is a fail.
On the other side of the spectrum is news that scandal plagued singer-actor Jung Yong Hwa will be enlisting for his military service in early March 2018, a little over a month away. All his overseas concerts have been cancelled and he is enlisting shortly after the scandal with his preferential acceptance into graduate school at Kyung Hee University, with the impetus being to defer his military enlistment. By enlisting now it’ll do double duty in staving off more criticism and also leave the public eye for two years to let the scandal die down. All in all I agree with both enlistment decisions.