South Korean pop star Rain has been excused from compulsory two-year military service in his homeland - he will serve as an "entertainment soldier" instead.
Defence ministers have agreed to let the singer, who enrolled in army boot camp to begin training in October (11), avoid mandatory military draft. Instead he will front TV and radio advertisements for the government-run Korean Forces Network to boost morale among soldiers.
The star, real name Jung Ji-Hoon, 29, will also perform weekly concerts for army personnel around South Korea.
A ministry representative tells the Afp, "As he is a singer and dancer, he will do well as an 'entertainment soldier'."
Able South Korean men are required to sign up for the military at the age of 20, but celebrities are given special provisions and are permitted to postpone their service until a later date.