South Korean pop star Rain discharged from military


South Korean actor and singer Rain salutes to his fans and media after he served 21 months in the army in front of the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 10, 2103. AP/Ahn Young-joon

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean pop sensation Rain is out of the military.

Under cloudy skies Wednesday, Rain fired off a crisp salute and thanked a large crowd of mostly media and women who’d gathered to commemorate his discharge after 21 months of mandatory service.

The fans held signs reading in Korean and English: “We waited for you” and “Rain’s coming.” One Japanese fan said she’d been waiting for more than a day to see the “entertainment soldier.”

The 31-year-old served in an army unit that provides TV and radio programming that promotes the military.

Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, has made seven albums and acted in several South Korean and Hollywood films. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2011.

He hasn’t said what his future plans are.

South Korea requires all able-bodied men serve about two to three years in the military, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

First posted July 10, 2013 | 4:17 pm

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  • koolkid_inthehouse

    we should do same in this country. everybody must serve in the military by law.

    • PareKol

      and then what? make everybody corrupt like the military?

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        you’re a dumb donkey. for a small dumb donkey country like the PHL, it needs well train military in the modern world of warfare. you don’t need to touch a gun that much anymore.
        This country needs modern communication systems, no need have lots of navy but unmanned drones and modern missiles.

    • magiting78

      Teddy Casino and a like will oppose that..they can no longer recruit to become NPA….

    • meenymineymo

      Eh ROTC/CMT nga lang tinangal, military service pa kaya?

  • JV Velarde

    I suggest, mandatory tree & vegetable planting, propagation of live stocks, fishing & farming. This way we confront food security, lower the prices of most needed nutrients & feed a nation of under nourished citizens.

    A well nourished citizenry will be more enlightened & will stop voting for people like the Binay’s, Estrada’s, Marcose’s & Arroyo’s in power.

    • madam01

      agree. pls try sending this message up there in the palace or house

  • 56u4puvv

    PH is over democratic in the sense that even mandatory training in the military for 18yrs old able bodied people was abolished, and make it voluntary instead. In the end these youths that supposed to be a future leaders end up in the ranks of CPP-NPA. PH could not achieve growth and will never be prosper until these terrorist exist in the populace.

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