Ministry of National Defense to Discipline and Relocate PR Unit Celebrity Soldiers
In the aftermath of the controversy over the military leniency toward celebrity soldiers serving in the army, the South Korean Ministry of National Defense has decided to abolish the celebrity soldier recruit system for the National Defense Public Relations Support Unit. In addition, the soldiers currently serving in the unit will be relocated to different field and service units.
The public relations unit came under fire when SBS’s investigative program “Scene 21” reported on celebrity soldiers breaking military rules, in particular, catching singers Se7en and Mighty Mouth‘s Sangchu visiting adult massage parlors. Formal investigation was orderd by the minister of National Defense and today, the results were announced.
From this controversy, eight soldiers will be disciplined, with seven out of those eight receiving severe disciplinary action, Se7en and Sangchu included. All 15 soldiers in the unit will be relocated to different units on the first of August. The PR unit will then be filled with regular soldiers and personnel from outside the military.
The current soldiers in the PR unit are singers Se7en, Mighty Mouth’s Sangchu, Super Junior‘s Lee Teuk, SG Wannabe‘s Lee Suk Hoon, M Signal‘s Gunwoo, Mate‘s Jung Jun Il, The Cross‘ Kim Kyung Hyun, KCM, and Lee Hyuk Ki, musical actor Kim Ho Young, and actors Ryu Sang Wook, Kim Mu Yeol, Lee Joon Hyuk, Choi Jae Hwan, and comedian Kim Min Soo.