2:45 am - 03/03/2019

G-Dragon Reviewed For Military Discharge, Army Makes Final Decision

On March 2, news outlet eNEWS Today reported that BIGBANG’s G-Dragon was being reviewed for fitness for active-duty service and that the singer had the possibility of being discharged if the outcome regarded him unfit for active-duty service. The reason behind the evaluation has not been reported.

According to a source from the White Skull Unit that G-Dragon is part of, the investigation committee from the third division carried out a review of G-Dragon’s suitability for active-duty service, and he was deemed unfit by both his unit and division.

The final decision on G-Dragon’s discharge was to be made by a higher-level unit called the Military Discharge Review Committee of the Ground Operations Command. If deemed fit, G-Dragon would continue serving as an active-duty soldier, but if deemed unfit, he would serve as a public service worker or be given a disqualified conscription status and be transferred to the Civil Defense Corps. According to eNEWS Today’s sources from the army, the original decision made by the military units are seldom changed by the higher-level units.

However, later that day, a source from the army revealed that the final decision ruled G-Dragon as fit for active-duty service and that he will continue to serve in the army.

According to army regulation, those eligible for a review of fitness for active-duty service include soldiers with an illness, low intelligence, or other reasons for maladjustment to military service. Soldiers under the suspicion of having any of these problems are classified as “protective-concerned soldiers” and are specially managed. When the continuous maintenance results in an improvement in the soldier’s condition or adjustment ability, he is removed from the list, but if he does not get better, he is forwarded to their division’s investigation committee. If the division’s investigation committee considers the soldier ‘unfit,’ the results are once again forwarded to the Military Discharge Review Committee of the Operations Command or Personnel Command, and the final service status decision is made by this committee.

Meanwhile, there have also been reports speculating that G-Dragon received special treatment based on his military rank and the number of days he took off from his service.

Sources: ENews Today & Naver via Soompi
tungatunga 3rd-Mar-2019 12:31 pm (UTC)
It would best if army officials stop pretending that this insanely popular celebrities are "people like us" and can serve like any other soldier. They don't want to admit that "the privilege treatment" came from the fact that they can't put someone with superstar status among GP and guarantee his safety, but they are okay with milking stars for military entertainment productions at no cost. I wonder what kind of clusterfuck we are for when another crazy popular celebrities enlist like BTS or Park Bogum.

Edited at 2019-03-03 12:32 pm (UTC)
violoncelliste 3rd-Mar-2019 12:36 pm (UTC)
a little louder for those in the back
donaldjdrumpf 3rd-Mar-2019 01:20 pm (UTC)
Wrong! Put EXO in the DMZ!!
premonitioner 3rd-Mar-2019 02:09 pm (UTC)
with the effort that exo-ls put in, i do not doubt that they could solve the issue of the two koreas if it meant protecting oppa from going to the dmz. SEND EXO TO THE DMZ.
thebloomroom 3rd-Mar-2019 04:52 pm (UTC)
ita. like this dude had a whole ass stalker living with him.
vintage_boom 3rd-Mar-2019 05:32 pm (UTC)
I think it's more an issue when the idol has a huge male following like YG artists do. Most of the celebs who go in who have a majority female fandom don't seem to run into the same issues.
modestgoddess79 3rd-Mar-2019 06:03 pm (UTC)
I agree, GD’s male fandom is why the stalking during his service is bad.

Edited at 2019-03-03 06:11 pm (UTC)
tungatunga 3rd-Mar-2019 06:46 pm (UTC)
And because there used to were "celebrity units" where they can stash them and separate from rest of the soldiers. Army can separate midtier idols from crazy fan girls but there are amount of those whose popularity reach beyond that, and for them service in normal units it's like putting them in public aquarium 24/7.
warwarwar 4th-Mar-2019 02:39 am (UTC)
that's a really interesting point I never considered before
benihime99 3rd-Mar-2019 01:34 pm (UTC)
Let's not pretend like all this sudden coverage around GD's service isn't SeungRi related
jaelissi 3rd-Mar-2019 01:45 pm (UTC)
I think they'd rather throw one of the other dungeon dwellers under the bus and keep this one profitable for when he comes back

Edited at 2019-03-03 01:46 pm (UTC)
benihime99 3rd-Mar-2019 02:02 pm (UTC)
It's a calculated risk, GD is well loves and sooner or later army official will come ouot to say "there's no issue with GD it's just the nasty press talking shit". GD comes off as an innocent "oppa" being slander by the press
Meanwhile people are busy talking about this non-issue while SeungRi's case flies under the radar
vintage_boom 3rd-Mar-2019 05:29 pm (UTC)
lil_poisonfrog 3rd-Mar-2019 03:21 pm (UTC)
About the stalker issue--idg why they didn't transfer him (or the stalker) to another unit right away. Seems way less messy than doing stuff that gives the impression of special treatment.
rainstormraider 3rd-Mar-2019 04:28 pm (UTC)
I am against conscription and the stigma around those who are pacifists or just not interested in stopping their lives. But, all of this is a mess created by ROK and YGE. It was clear from the start that GD (and TOP to some extent) wasn’t going to have a normal enlistment and they made it into a mess. In any case this basically ruins any chance of GD maintaining his popularity among the Korean general public because the waters have already been muddied. This would’ve been as big an issue whenever this would’ve been revealed.

Edited at 2019-03-03 04:29 pm (UTC)
modestgoddess79 3rd-Mar-2019 06:17 pm (UTC)
If his ankle isn’t 100% that may be enough to make him unfit for active duty. I’m tired of seeing international netizens act like ankle surgery isn’t a big deal and assume it’s just an excuse for time off.
Also I can’t help but conclude that idol life contributes to all the injuries that happen. Especially when you know most of them were not eating properly during their teens. Even male idols talk about only eating one meal a day or being forced to dance without water.
vintage_boom 3rd-Mar-2019 09:33 pm (UTC)
most also probably aren't well trained enough in dance to know how to care for the specific injuries and strains that come along with dancing a lot.

ankle injuries take forever to heal but they probably could have transferred him to a desk job or something or said that's what they're in the process of doing so that he could earn his hours and people would jump off his jock. to not even figure out accommodations for him to get promoted after all this time seems slightly abnormal.

Edited at 2019-03-03 09:33 pm (UTC)
evilcoc0nut 3rd-Mar-2019 08:08 pm (UTC)
Even though I'm pretty ambivalent towards this, Korea at large seems to really get salty about guys who appear to be trying to shirk or get out of their military duties so Idk how this will go for him.
daynr 4th-Mar-2019 01:49 am (UTC)
I am assuming this White Skulls division is more regular army (aka infantry) based on the name, so why is GD in it, particularly after ankle surgery, v Taeyong & Daesung (or Eunkwang, Shindong, SuJu peeps) who seem to be performing for the military? Or do they perform in addition to infantry stuff?

I wish they were clearer about what the F is going on. There probably is some shady shit happening, including the Seungri mess, but the whole Stalker thing makes me really sympathetic towards GD. It's not right to make anyone live with someone who violates and disregards any notion of privacy or personal space. It has to cause psychological damage.

If the upper mgmt almost never overturns the units on the ground (which is how it should be) then they need to sort their shit out, because this all looks like a sketchy mess. Maybe GD is a nightmare, but this seems undeserved to his health and his reputation. And if this mess is deserved, then use your words instead of making the army, GD, and society look bad.
bunnyfries 5th-Mar-2019 09:13 pm (UTC)
I feel really bad for the guy. It's understandable that people are annoyed bc it looks like a celebrity using their status and privilege (and possibly pulling strings from higher ups). But this dude can't catch a break even in the military.

A lot of fans were grateful before he enlisted that GD could get some time off from his crazy schedule but nope he got a stalker even in a male dominated unit.

GD talked about wanting to live abroad and raising a family there. I always thought it was a bit strange but I can see how he doesn't want to be bothered anymore.
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