Se7en And Sangchu Will Not Receive Special Treatment After Jail Sentence According To Ministry Of Defense
By Jesse Lent | July 30, 2013 11:14 PM EDT
K-pop stars Sangchu from the group Mighty Mouth and Se7en will receive the same treatment as any other soldier in the South Korean Army, according to a representative from the National Ministry of Defense.
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Last week, the two singers received a 10-day sentence in military jail, after a camera crew from the news program "Scene 21" caught them entering a massage parlor known for providing erotic services after curfew last month.
Five other active recruits previously serving as PR agents were sentenced to four-day incarceration at the military prison or "guardhouse" for using cellphones in the "Scene 21" footage, according to the Korea Star Daily.
The eighth PR agent, reportedly an army corporal charged with leaving his post after curfew, was put on disciplinary confinement for 10 days.
"The soldier to be put under disciplinary detention will be transferred to a new unit on August 1, and the other seven soldiers with more severe punishments will be moved after they're released from the guardhouse," the Ministry of Defense rep told eNEWS on Tuesday.
"It hasn't been decided yet on what posts they'll be assigned to or what units they'll be sent to, but what is certain is that there will be no preferential treatment. They will all serve as ordinary soldiers with the others."
The "Scene 21" footage rocked the country's Defense Media Agency, eventually leading to the elimination of the agency's Promotional Support Brigade, after several of its PR agents were filmed wandering the streets after curfew out of uniform, chatting on their cellphones and purchasing alcohol at 2 a.m., all after performing at an army-sanctioned concert.
A longtime method for famous enlisted soldiers to continue to receive the star treatment after enlisting, the Promotional Support Brigade was established in 1997.
All eligible males between the ages of 18 and 35, famous or not, are legally required to enroll for between 21 and 24 months of army service in South Korea.
The soldiers in the newly nixed PR agent program are to be reassigned, with the decision of where the celebrity soldiers will end up reportedly being left to military staff on the ground.
"The PR agents weren′t given specialty numbers [numbers given to soldiers based on their specialties]," the Ministry of Defense spokesperson said.
"That will be decided on once the time comes to move them to their new units after their release."
But whatever unit the celebrity recruits of the Promotional Support Brigade are reassigned to they will allegedly no longer be receiving special treatment for their celebrity status, according to the Ministry of Defense.
"What is certain is that [former PR agents] will all be trained and treated like other ordinary soldiers," the army spokesperson said.
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