Yoo Ah In recently released an official statement through his company, in response to speculations that he is deliberately evading military enlistment.
The actor’s military enlistment has been postponed three times since December 2015, as a past shoulder injury had led to a “military service classification postponement” result after each physical evaluation at the Military Manpower Administration (MMA). Recent news about his bone tumor have also exacerbated suspicions of enlistment evasion.
In the statement, Yoo Ah In said that he suffered a shoulder injury while filming action scenes for “Tough as Iron” in 2013, and that the injury was worsened when he was again filming action scenes for “Veteran” in 2014.
“As the date for my military enlistment approached, I underwent a variety of treatments while continuing my activities. But as pain in the injured area and discomfort during excessive physical exertion persisted, I went for an MRI test in 2015, and was diagnosed with a muscle rupture (SLAP tear) in my right shoulder,” he said. A SLAP tear means a superior labral tear from anterior to posterior.
He continued, “That my injury and health problems have caused the current controversy is my misfortune, but they are never a means for evading military enlistment. It is personally very difficult that I must seek forgiveness from others for my misfortune, but I hope to take responsibility as an actor who has matured and become accomplished through the love and concern of the public.”
Yoo Ah In also mentioned that “if the bone tumor has no further abnormal development, military enlistment is fully possible,” and that he has “a resolute commitment to this.” The actor also said, “I will work hard to exist as a healthy member of society.”