Next up for army enlistment: Jo In-sung
More and more of the industry’s 28- and 29-year old male entertainers are being called away for military enlistment, and it looks like Jo In-sung (A Dirty Carnival) will be next up, along with along with Jo Seung-woo (Go Go 70).
However, unlike many of the other recent enlisters, Jo has applied to serve out his term in the military performers section (band, music, MC work), and recently underwent his physical examination and interview at the air force base on November 28. Soldiers in this section are usually selected based on skill with a musical instrument, but there is also a separate entertainers’ section. Those in the military band, for example, perform at official ceremonies and other public events.
(I wonder if this move will make Jo the target for criticism, since this type of service — like the oft-maligned desk job for soldiers with injuries — is physically less taxing. To offset the imbalance, I believe soldiers serve a few months longer, and Jo is certainly not the only star to end up in the performers’ unit — many start out in regular training, then transfer.)
If he is accepted into the unit, he will begin his enlistment with six weeks of training at the air force headquarters in Jinju starting January 19, 2009.
Jo In-sung’s next film project is the much-discussed gay-themed Frozen Flower, also starring Joo Jin-mo and Song Ji-hyo, which opens on December 30.
Via Herald Biz