According to a new report, both Kim Soo Hyun and 2PM’s Taecyeon received early promotions during their military service for their exceptional conduct.
On March 4, Korean news outlet Herald Pop reported that the two stars had both been promoted to sergeant earlier than is typical for Korean soldiers. Candidates for early promotion to sergeant are determined based on outstanding performance and good conduct, and the number of recipients is capped at 10 percent of candidates.
Taecyeon, who was officially promoted to sergeant on February 1, is currently serving as a military instruction assistant at the 9th Armed Forces Division in Gyeonggi Province. The 2PM member previously drew attention for voluntarily giving up his U.S. green card and choosing to undergo herniated disk surgery in order to serve as an active-duty soldier instead of a public service worker, even though the military initially deemed him unfit to serve active-duty because of his physical condition.
Actor Kim Soo Hyun, who is currently serving in the first Reconnaissance Battalion and has reportedly been promoted to sergeant early as well, similarly went out of his way to serve as an active-duty soldier. Due to a heart condition for which he has received surgery in the past, Kim Soo Hyun was originally assigned to public service duty after his physical examination by the military. However, after the actor requested to be re-examined, he was eventually able to serve active-duty.
Early promotion to sergeant does not affect the length of a soldier’s military service, and both stars will be discharged according to schedule. Taecyeon will be discharged on May 16 of this year, while Kim Soo Hyun will be discharged on July 1.
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source: soompi, naver