11:56 am - 01/06/2010

Andy will enlist on Jan 11th

Shinhwa's Andy will be entering active military service on January 11, 2009 2010.

Andy will enter the Choongnam Army Training Facility at 1pm on the 11th, where he will go through basic training, and then leave to fulfill his military obligations for two years.

According to Andy's representative, "Although he is entering the miliatry on the 11th, he had a very busy schedule, which included holding concerts, including his Asia Tour. He is spending the beginning of the year taking care of personal matters before he enters the military."

In 2003, Andy gave up his green card in the U.S. to be a celebrity in Korea, including Shinhwa activities. Among Shinhwa members, Andy will be on the only one entering active military service.

Upon hearing the news that he will be entering active military service, his fans have been expressing their sadness. His fans have expressed their sadness while sending their support by saying, "Andy oppa, it's going to be difficult for you to enter the military when it's cold," "He's going to active military service, that's admirable," and "Will be able to see him after two years?".

**Koreans differentiate between Active and Non-active military service. The only difference is that in Active military service, they have to live in military dorms on base, while non-active members (Eric, DW, JunJin) get to go home everyday (think of it as equal to working a 9-5 job).

Credit: Newsen + SHCJ

Wow, active service! I'm surprised, I would have though he'd go for non-active like the others.

Slowly our time of having a reunited Shinhwa again is drawing closer ^^ And although we say goodbye to Andy this year, we get Eric back in just a few months, and Dongwan around November!
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natacha92 6th-Jan-2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
Omg Andy<3
luvey 6th-Jan-2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
don't know much about Andy beyond wgm...but i can see him being beyond honorable (not using his celeb to take the easy way) and going into active service.
le_byul 6th-Jan-2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, Maknae, go enlist and come back soon(est)!!!

Are we actually just two years away from the Shinhwa reunion?

I can't wait!!!
jinjja 6th-Jan-2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
Just a couple!

I'm wondering what Minwoo's accident means for this though. Once he's recovered, will he be exempt from it like Hyesung was because of his knee? But Eric's back injury didn't exempt him from service ... so I wonder.

So I think we are maybe two or three years away from it, it depends how long Minwoo needs to recover, and what his injuries have meant.
vingtsecondes 6th-Jan-2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
What's the point of enlisting as a non-active member if you go home everyday.
Sheesh it's like one day training but only everyday..
jinjja 6th-Jan-2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
You still do the six weeks of basic, it's just that after that you're placed in public service positions - like security, subways, etc. You're still "serving your country" so I don't think there's any dishonour or something about it.

Honestly if the option is there, I don't blame them for chosing it.

(and if Dongwan had done active service, he might have died from withdrawal from his blog, his camera, and his movie reviews ... XD)
fivil 6th-Jan-2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
Aww, bye bye my first Shinhwa favourite. :(

Surprised he's going to active military service, but does that mean he's getting off earlier? (That's what we do in Finland, you can take the soldier training OR you can do a civil servant job for a longer time.)

Dongwan only enlisted in November? Dammit, I thought he'd be back near June or whatever. :/
jinjja 6th-Jan-2010 12:42 pm (UTC)
No, it's Eric who's back around June, if I remember rightly!

I don't think you can leave earlier if you take active service. I think it's 2 years either way, unfortunately.
zhoma 6th-Jan-2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
ah, glad to see him finally decide to do his military service even it is saddening tho.

i just worried minwoo oppa much more :/
heartflood 6th-Jan-2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
This, so much. Have we heard anything else about Minwoo since Dongwon's blog the other day? :\
honeydice 6th-Jan-2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
Good luck in there Andy :D
miduhyo 6th-Jan-2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
omgggg, you've got me so excited, all of shinhwa back in just two years. i'm going to sob like a baby when it happens. i mean, i'm probably going to sob like a baby just from eric returning soon, so maybe i'll sob like six babies when they're finally reunited.
tablo 6th-Jan-2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
the next two years are going to go by so slow :(
jinjja 6th-Jan-2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
I don't know, when Dongwan joined I thought "holy crap this is going to be a long 2 years" ... but then it went by so fast!

Of course he made it a little easier by being such a blogger XD

I just hope that Andy's two years goes by as quickly as Eric and Dongwan's did.
malyo 6th-Jan-2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
I just can't wait till the come back and perform this song live:

One of my all time favorite korean ballads, I love this song to death.

but my god, if its really taking this long for their comeback.. i don't even wanna imagine how Super Junior will turn out
temporary_f 6th-Jan-2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
i like him so much more for not taking the easy route, although i'm pretty sure i wouldn't have thought less of him if he did.

andy use to live in the states? -_-"
jinjja 6th-Jan-2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
Andy and Eric both used to live in the states, even Hyesung was there for a while ^^

Eric and Andy both gave up their American citizenships.
drmsr 6th-Jan-2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Aww my bias is leaving for active duty, Andy Hwaiting :D In the mean time I'll just spazz over Hyesung's Japanese album coming out next month ♥
ashiva 6th-Jan-2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Wow, active service! I'm surprised, I would have though he'd go for non-active like the others.
What I understand is that only some who apply for non-active duty get accepted for it like you have to have some serious physical problem.
jinjja 6th-Jan-2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Not so sure that this is accurate - if it is, then it may only apply to civilians, and celebrities simply get it without question. Dongwan has no physical problems that I know of, and he's non-active. Many other celebs who have gone in recent years have also done non-active, and as far I know they also had no physical problems.
out_of___tune 6th-Jan-2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
He's taking active service? wow... I don't think I'll be able to think of him as the cutie maknae anymore...

also, didn't know that JJ was doing non-active service
miuratenshi 6th-Jan-2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Bye bye Andy. ;__;
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