Ji Chang Wook will be enlisting quietly without fanfare on 14 August.
According to Glorious Entertainment, Ji Chang Wook will be enlisting quietly at the Cheorwon training camp without holding any special event.
A spokesman conveyed Ji Chang Wook’s desire to enlist quietly, “We do not plan to hold any official event on the day he enlists. Calling in the press and gathering fans to hold an event is not in line with his personality, so he will be enlisting without much talk.”
With just two days left before his enlistment, Ji Chang Wook has been spending his personal time with his family and friends. The spokesman said, “He has no special schedules before enlistment. After finishing his basic training, he will be deployed to carry out his duties for the nation.”
Ji Chang Wook will be serving in the 3rd Infantry Division of the South Korean Army. Nicknamed “White Skull”, this division is one of the oldest in the army and is notorious for its intensive training. Tasked with guarding the front-line, it was one of the first military divisions to infiltrate the 38th Parallel bordering North and South Korea during the Korean War. Actor Joo Won, who enlisted earlier in May, is also serving in the same base as an instructor.
But do not despair. Even though this means that Ji Chang Wook will be roughing it out as an active combat-ready soldier, we should be proud that he is taking his service seriously and doing his part as a South Korean male citizen. As the Korean War has not officially ended, the country takes military conscription seriously due to the threat of war. Choosing to evade military service can effectively end a celebrity’s career, so while it is sad for us to bid him goodbye, we should not try to hold him back for our own selfish reasons.
Whether intentionally or due to certain circumstances, many other celebrities have received flak for skipping mandatory service or for taking the easy way out by choosing public service (i.e., doing clerical jobs or performing as entertainers for publicity), so if Ji Chang Wook does well, he should be able to earn the respect of citizens and carve a good image for himself.
For fans who were planning to head to the base to send him off, please proceed with caution as there is no guarantee that you will get to see him since he will be enlisting quietly.
Adapted from: Star News