As investigation continues about Rain receiving special treatment in the army, the celebrity recruits are now under increased critical observation.
Nowadays, alleged photos of celebrities receiving special treatment popped up on the Internet under the title, ‘The real identity of the celebrity recruits.’
The photos were from August where celebrity recruits took part in an event in Ullungdo. Although they were on duty, many had taken off their uniforms and other violations as some celebrities were seen sporting flip flops, designer travel bags, smoking, and using their cell phones. Contrast is shown as regular, non-celebrity soldiers nearby were in full uniform
Furious netizens expressed their anger through comments such as, “Are they really soldiers? Who do they think they are…“, “How can they proudly say they went to the army after this?,” and “Why do celebrity recruits even exist?”
A representative of the army explained, “The celebrity recruits were dispatched to the Ministry of Defense from August 7th to the 12th. The PR recruits under the Ministry of Defense have uniforms, but these men are from a different branch and so they do not have uniforms. We believe why that is why they were dressed casually.”
Another representative also expressed, “They were dispatched to Ullungdo in August. Because they did not have a leader and the hosts requested the men wear suits, so they all brought separate clothes and items from home. They wore uniforms during the event, but because it was hot in August, they were granted permission to wear casual clothing during their off period. They must have been caught on camera during that brief time. Their sunglasses are items they took from home, and the they took their cellphones to report and they returned it afterwards.”
But the explanations actually added more negativity, as people angrily complained, “Getting permission to wear casual clothing is called receiving special treatment,” “If it was so hot that they were given permission to wear regular clothing, what about the regular non-celebrity soldiers behind them?“ and “We need to just get rid of celebrity recruits.”
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Article by Emily & Alona
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