Andy, who made his debut with idol group Shinhwa in March 1998, has been active with Shinhwa up until their 9th album in 2008, and has also been partaking in acting, MC and musical projects. He enlisted for active duty at Nonsan Training Center on 11th Jan this year, where he has been receiving basic military training for the last 5 weeks. After completing his training on 19th Feb, he will go on to serve in DEMA’s PR Support Unit as an entertainment soldier.
Andy gave up his US citizenship in 2001, and is the only Shinhwa member to be serving active duty. Starting anew not as the celebrity Andy, but as Recruit Lee Sun Ho, he has received much praise from fans.
A rep from DEMA expressed, “Just as how Andy has been active as a singer, actor, MC, we look forward to having him use his talents in various programs to spur the morale of the armed forces, which is the reason behind his selection.”
“Andy will be one of the many first-generation idols such as g.o.d’s Yoon Kye Sang; H.O.T’s Moon Hee Jun and Tony An; NRG’s Noh Yoo Min and Sechskies’ Kim Jae Duc, who have served in the PR Support Unit.”
On the other hand, Andy said, “It’s my honor to be selected. With the resolve I’ve gained from enlistment and the camaraderie that I’ve gained from the 5 weeks of training, I will do my best for the PR Support Unit.”
At the moment, Sergeants Yang Dong Geun and Kim Jae Duc; Corporals An Seung Ho (Tony An) and Kim Jae Won; PFCs (private first class) Kim Jung Hoon, Lee Jin Wook, Lee Dong Wook; Privates Kim Yoon Sung, Choi Jae Ho (both of Dynamic Duo) and Lee Min Ho (Boom) are all serving in the PR Support Unit.
Credits: MK + Absolut Shinhwa