Seungri’s Request To Postpone Enlistment Officially Being Reviewed
The Military Manpower Administration has begun reviewing Seungri’s request to postpone his enlistment.
Seungri submitted the official request to the Seoul Regional Military Manpower Administration on the afternoon of March 18. However, the power of attorney and letter of approval were incomplete, and the Military Manpower Administration requested that he turn in the missing documents. Seungri prepared the necessary documents once again and resubmitted the request to the Seoul Regional Military Manpower Administration by fax at night.
A source from the Military Manpower Administration stated on March 19, “The documents came in this morning and became formally ready [to be reviewed]. We began reviewing it today. The results will be out tomorrow, and when the results come out, we will inform Seungri. We cannot presuppose the results yet. We will carefully look over the request in a lawful manner.”
According to Seungri’s lawyer Son Byung Ho, Seungri requested to delay his enlistment on the basis that he is “a person who has an impediment to fulfilling his military duty due to other extenuating circumstances” as written in Article 129 (Postponement of Date of Enlistment, etc.) of the Enforcement Decree of the Military Service Act.
In this case, one can request to postpone one’s enlistment for a maximum of three months. According to the Military Manpower Administration, one is normally expected to write the number of days they are requesting to delay, but even if the section is not filled in, one’s enlistment can normally be delayed for three months. However, if Seungri has to delay his enlistment again for the same reason, he can only do so one more time, and the documents have to be submitted to the Seoul Regional Military Manpower Administration again.
In the case that the Military Manpower Administration does not approve his request, Seungri would have to enlist on March 25 as planned. His case would be transferred to the military police, and the investigation would be handled jointly with the police.
News outlet Newsis states that as of now, it appears likely that Seungri will be able to postpone his enlistment.
In a statement the Military Manpower Administration released on March 15, they revealed that there had been a case of the governmental body granting a request to postpone someone’s enlistment due to investigations.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s Provincial Special Detective Division also sent an official document to the Seoul Regional Military Manpower Administration asking to delay Seungri’s enlistment.
Meanwhile, on March 18, the Military Manpower Administration announced their plans to make an amendment to the law to prevent people from enlisting as a way of escaping from reality.