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Posted by butterdilys Tuesday, January 22, 2019

military services questions.

Hello, I hope I am posting this in the correct place, sorry  if I am not.  Just  some questions about when male idols and actors  enlist- 


1. Is it true when they do enlist that there current contract immediately expires even though they had just renewed their contract not long ago?

2. Why don’t they join the Air Force or  the navy instead of joining the army??  ( I know that some actors and singers do enlist with the navy but not many do though) and I do wonder why that is, that’s all.

Thank you



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    waleri Tuesday, January 22, 2019 1
    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    1. No there is no such things rather some of the contracts get paused and start to expire after they finish military
    2. They have mandatory service and they can choose (or try to join) different platoons. The first months are like beginners training with the basics and from there whatever your scores are you can choose a platoon. They can even become a trainer for the new enlistments too.

    and no thats not the place to ask such things XD there is a forum

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    johnny AKP STAFF Tuesday, January 22, 2019 0
    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    This is actually the right place, as discussions are meant for all korea related discussion topics

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    eager_beaver Tuesday, January 22, 2019 0
    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    1. No, their contract does not expire when joining the military. The contract that idols have with entertainment companies is essentially a regular employment contract. And the government has made sure that when people go to the military to serve the country, companies don't have the right to terminate the employment contract. It would be pretty messed up if employees who leave for their mandatory military service would have to end their job for it. So when idols go to the military, their contract is put on hold, and when they return from the military the contract continues.

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    Hopefully Tuesday, January 22, 2019 2
    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    I don't know about number 1 but I do live in Korea and I've heard from Korean friends that the air force and the navy are the preferred military branches for Koreans because the conditions are a lot better than the army. Because of that it's super competitive to get in to those branches (and even more competitive to get into the army units that actually work on the American bases) and they look at your High School grades and college exam scores to decide whether you're worthy of being in those branches. Most idols focus on training or being an idol during high school so they're not gonna be able to compete against the kids that studied their butts off and went to hagwons (tutoring academies) every day until midnight during High School. Also I heard that, if you apply for a branch and don't get in, you have to apply again. I don't know how long it takes to re-apply but if it takes a few months or something then that might get in the way of the agency's plans too.

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    myfirstwasmblaq 30 days ago 1
    30 days ago

    I also read that the Air Force service is three months longer, so that may have something to do with it.

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    Hopefully 30 days ago 0
    30 days ago

    Yeah, if that's true it almost definitely would have something to do with it. I know that very recently, like this year, they shortened the amount of military service that you have to do by a few months so I wonder if that's changed or if it's still the same.

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