[NEWS] Yoo Ah In Exempt From Mandatory Military Service After 5th Medical Examination 😭
On May 22, YAI underwent his 5th medical examination for his mandatory military service. The final verdict regarding YAI’s military service has been delayed a number of times due to various past injuries as well as a bone tumor.
YAI underwent his first medical evaluation back in Dec of 2015 and received a final verdict today on June 27. He was deemed unfit for service as an active duty soldier primarily because of his bone tumor, despite the fact that he has frequently expressed his desire to serve as an active duty soldier. While he had been receiving treatment in order to maintain a tolerable amount of pain in his daily life, results from his re-examination deemed him unsuitable for life as an active duty soldier.
Furthermore, YAI first injured his right shoulder muscle while filming the 2013 movie “Tough as Iron” and his condition worsened while filming the 2014 movie “Veteran.” The director of “Veteran” said, “The final scene was one in which YAI had to engage in hand-to-hand combat with Hwang Jung Min. I was very grateful to YAI because, although his hands were shaking the whole time [because of his shoulder injury], he showed fighting spirit until the very end and finished filming without a stand-in.” In addition to his shoulder injury and bone tumor, it was reported that YAI also severely fractured his left collarbone last year. His collarbone injury didn't come to light until recently because YAI received painkilling medication and participated in a hand-printing event at a film festival the day after the accident that caused the injury.
His agency released an official statement on June 27 and said, “Due to pre-existing medical conditions, actor YAI has been deemed unfit for military service by the Military Manpower Administration and received a final verdict that exempts him from mandatory military service.” The statement continued, “As an agency, we will actively do our best to help our actor receive medical treatment and carefully monitor and mantain his health."