Thanks to the recent controversy swelling over alleged excessive benefits Rain received during his military service are now being officially looked into.
After paparazzi photos released on January 1 outed Rain and Kim Tae Hee as a couple, initial words of congratulation from netizens have quickly turned negative, as claims have risen that Rain has received extra benefits during his military service.
According to the same sources that published the photos, the couple was first spotted on November 23 on a date and thereafter snapped and spotted together at least once a week.
Moreover from December 23, during Christmas week, the sources reported Rain received a four nights, five days leave.
If the reports are true, Rain will have been granted far more many days of leave than the average enlisted Korean soldier, as few are allowed to leave base with such frequency.
Adding fuel to criticism is the fact this isn't the first time Rain has been accused of receiving excessive leave as a soldier, as the entertainer previously came under fire over similar allegations in October with revelation being made Rain had received 62 days of leave between January to October of 2012 alone. A regular soldier serving a 21-month military service is normally granted less than 10 days of leave as a productive soldier.
Also at the center of controversy is allegation the entertainer was snapped during many of his leaves out of his uniform and in civilian wear, which is against military rules.
With controversy swelling once more, netizens have began taking to personal social networking services as well as the homepage of the Ministry of National Defense expressing outrage, demanding answers and alleging that the nation's military has once more played favoritism for celebrities serving their mandatory military duties over regular soldiers.
The Ministry of National Defense, since then, has stepped forward on December 2 to reveal it has begun investigating the claims and also looking into other soldiers that may have been affected by the controversy.
The agency added it anticipated it would reach a conclusion in the coming days.
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