Asian pop star Rain has been chosen as assistant instructor at Korean Army’s 5th Infantry Division recruit training center.
It’s been a month since Rain enlisted in the military last Oct. 11 where he will serve for two years.
Rain was reportedly picked as assistant instructor because of his excellent shooting skills and outstanding performance as trainee.
He was ranked in the top 3 among the 140 trainees that participated. Of the 140, 98 or 70 percent passed the shooting test with at least 60 percent accuracy.
Rain will finish his training on Nov. 14. After undergoing further training for three weeks, the singer will start as full training assistant on Dec. 9.
“After he finishes his own basic military training, he will be deployed as an assistant instructor on December 9,” KBS Global website quoted a Korean military official as saying.
The official added, “The assistant instructors at the training camp are mostly model soldiers. Rain completed his own training program with an excellent score while perfectly leading others and he also applied for the position, so we selected him as the assistant instructor.”
Hundreds of fans went to the 306 Reserve Forces in Uijeongbu, Korea last Oct. 11 to bid Rain goodbye before the latter entered the military training camp.
Rain has achieved fame to become one of the most successful Korean artists in the last decade.
Besides his singing career, he has crossed over to acting. Rain was picked as the No. 1 most influential person in the world in the 2011 TIME 100 Poll readers’ choice this year.
Rain will be discharged from the military on July 10, 2013.
By JONATHAN M. HICAP