*As you have read from this article http://bit.ly/qt4Db4 , it is explaining what a Public Service Personnel is. But it’s only the general description. It really isn’t comforting to Petals’ hearts, right? So I decided to research more.
The question of “where you go and what you do” clearly is the most important one but still left unanswered so I decided to research on my own.
I asked a Korean friend of mine , Hochan, 24 years old, he came to study in my country after he was released from the army last year, these questions and here are his answers. He was a level 1 soldier.
1.) If you pass and become a level 4 soldier, which is a Public Service Personnel, what does a public service personnel actually do?
He will work in the city hall, subway, factory and other places. Like a government worker. Depends on where he is assigned.
2.) At the end of the day, where does he go home to? To his own home or there is a dorm for all Level 4 soldiers?
He will go home to his own home.
3.) Is he going to have a semi-bald hair like Level 1 and 2 soldiers?
No, he won’t.
4.) After the 4 weeks training at Nonsan Training Center, what’s his life going to be like?
He will go everyday to his own home, after 5pm. Actually, they are not called soldiers, so they will only learn how to use a gun and grenade and basic knowledge of army and combat for 4 weeks. Then after that, they will live like a citizen.
—Regarding questions, if you can send him letters, food and stuff like that, common sense would tell us, since he can go home to his house everyday, you can send him letters, food and stuff, if you know where he lives. But if you do, aren’t you going to be considered asasaeng fan (사생팬) already?
What is a sasaeng fan? Read here.
Here are also some info that might answer your questions. I quoted these from this blog.
- Achieving Level 5 and below is fairly difficult; you really have to have some severe injury, such as a torn ACL, missing index finger, serious mental illness etc., to qualify.
- “Public Service Agents” positions, usually reserved for Level 4 people – those who qualify for active duty, but just barely. If you live in Korea, these guys are the men in green uniform working at a subway station or a local government office.
- Public Service Agents essentially work as a government clerk, and are subject to much ridicule by most other Korean men. (I guess this happens because they would be considered weak or handicapped, but not always anyway)
- After serving in active duty, Korean men are considered to be serving in an inactive duty. For eight years after the end of service, Korean men are supposed to report for a mandatory training up to 100 hours a year.
- In case of a war, all Korean men between ages 18 and 45 are drafted for labor mobilization.
- If Heechul joins Super Junior promotions and schedules, he might go to army again, because it is illegal. Because he will be considered “failed to complete his “military duties.”
Supporting information about this is about Singer/Rapper PSY who also originally served as Public Service Personnel but “failed to complete his “military duties” and went back to army again. (Just click the links)
*In other words, even though he will be away from the public eye
(unless you stalk him but i’m advising you to not do this) for 2 years, he can still live with other Super Junior members, PROBABLY.
Heechul will just be like resting from the entertainment world for a while and go work as a normal citizen in the Republic of Korea. So Petals and ELFs, let’s not cry too much!! He’s just there, he won’t be really gone, he won’t be locked up with so much rules unlike Level 1-3 soldiers have (like Kangin)..
More questions is still left unanswered to please wait for it.
Gathered by: @mimilovemicky of Heechulfacts
——PS: If you are curious about the Korean Military Service, you can read here!
Military Service Series: Part I - Mechanics of Military Service in Korea - http://bit.ly/5UYgv Part II - Life in the Korean Military -http://bit.ly/bhXqmG Part III – Korean Military and Korean Society -http://bit.ly/pFvN8V
You can learn a lot from this blog. And you will know how hard Kangin is working, serving his army inside the boot camp. (Unlike Heechul who, we can consider, somewhat, a free man^^) Thanks to the Korean for the information. :)