Don Mills Apologizes For Military Enlistment Evasion Controversy

Don Mills has released an apology.

On September 25, it was revealed that the rapper received a court sentence in May 2018 for intentionally gaining weight in an attempt to avoid active duty military service.

Following a statement from his agency Vismajor Company (VMC), Don Mills also shared his thoughts on Instagram.

The full statement is below:

Hello, this is Don Mills.

First, I sincerely apologize for causing concern with unpleasant news. Since 2013, I delayed my enlistment due to certification exams, overseas trips, and more. I received the draft notice in spring of 2017 and was put in a situation where I had to enlist immediately after three weeks. I wanted to delay my enlistment for the last time to complete my pre-scheduled performances and album but lacked the grounds for postponement.

So I had the wrong idea that it would be possible to delay my enlistment just for the time between reapplying for a physical examination and receiving the re-examination. I thought that it wouldn’t be a problem after enlisting and serving in the military.

I was given a suspended sentence because it was difficult to prove that my weight gain over five years was unintentional, and it became problematic that I had delayed my enlistment several times until then. Because it was true that I had attempted to defer my enlistment due to my personal ambitions for promotions through certification exams, overseas trips, being overweight, and more, I admitted to my wrongdoings.

I desperately wanted more time to promote, but I never thought about not enlisting in the military. Both of my parents worked in the military, so they have pride in military life and always said that I had to serve in the military.

Although I enlisted in the military with embarrassment after an unfortunate incident, I felt such pride about working hard in the military that I walked around wearing my combat uniform during my first break of three nights and four days. I feel proud as a South Korean soldier and am carrying out my military duties so that I won’t be an embarrassment to myself and my fellow soldiers.

While preparing for the trial in 2017, I realized once again that many young people in our country stop their plans for their lives, dreams, studies, and more to fulfill their duties to the military and that the military service is a duty and not a right.

I’m very sorry for causing concern to many people due to my careless thoughts, actions, and wrong decision. And I’m also sincerely apologetic to the soldiers of the Korean armed forces. And, of course, I will reflect on myself while faithfully serving in the military until the end. I apologize.

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안녕하세요 던밀스입니다. 먼저 불미스러운 일로 심려 끼쳐드린 점 진심으로 사과드립니다.. 2013년부터 자격증 시험, 해외 출국 등으로 입영 연기를 하였습니다. 2017년 봄 영장이 나왔고, 당장 3주 정도 후 입대를 해야 하는 상황이 되었습니다. 이미 예정된 공연이랑 앨범 등을 마치기 위해 마지막 입영 연기를 하고 싶었으나 연기할 수 있는 사유가 없었습니다. 그래서 재검 신청과 불시 검사를 받는 상당 시간 동안만이라도 입영 연기가 가능하겠다는 잘못된 생각을 하였고 후에 입대하여 군 생활을 하면 문제없을 거라 생각했습니다.. 5년 동안 늘어난 체중에 대하여 고의성이 없음을 입증하기 어렵고 그동안 여러 번 연기를 했던 것들도 문제가 되어 집행유예 선고가 내려졌습니다. 저 또한 저의 개인적인 활동 욕심에 자격증 시험, 해외 출국, 과체중 등으로 입영 연기를 시도한 것이 맞기 때문에 그 잘못을 인정하였습니다. 활동할 시간이 조금만 더 주어지길 간절히 원하였지만 군대를 가지 않아야겠다는 생각을 한 적은 없습니다. 저희 부모님은 두 분 다 군인 출신이십니다. 그러기에 군 생활에 자부심이 있으시고 당연히 군대는 가야 한다는 말씀을 늘 하셨습니다. 비록 불미스러운 일 이후에 부끄러운 군 입대를 했지만 열심히 군 생활을 하고 있다는 사실에 첫 휴가 3박 4일 동안 전투복을 입고 다녔을 정도로 자부심을 느꼈습니다. 대한민국 군인임을 자랑스럽게 생각하며 군 생활만큼은 제 스스로에게 그리고 부대원들에게 부끄럽지 않을 수 있도록 이행 중입니다. 2017년 재판을 준비하는 동안 우리나라의 많은 청년들도 자신의 삶과 꿈 학업 등의 계획을 군대라는 의무를 지키기 위해 중단한다는 것, 군대는 의무이지 권리가 아니라는 걸 늦게나마 다시 한번 깨달았습니다. 저의 경솔한 생각과 행동, 잘못된 선택으로 많은 분들께 심려 끼쳐드린 점 정말 죄송합니다. 그리고 많은 국군 장병들께도 진심으로 죄송합니다. 또 당연한 이야기지만 끝까지 충실히 군 복무를 하며 반성하겠습니다. 죄송합니다.

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