BY Julie Jones | Jan 27, 2016 12:46 PM EST
There was no fan event when Yoon Shi Hoon secretly enlisted in the republic of Korea Marine Corps, but a crowd of fans and reporters showed up to greet him when he was discharged on January 27.
At the time of his enlistment, the 28-year-old actor released a statement through his agency saying he wanted to enlist quietly so as not to cause a disruption for any other soldiers.
All able-bodied Korean males between the ages of 18 and 35 are required to serve approximately two years of military duty.
"If you're a man you go the army," said Yoon. "I just want to quietly fulfill my duty for the nation's defense."
The news of his discharge could not be kept a secret. Fans and reporters gathered outside the Marine Corps Base in Incheon to welcome Yoon and witnessed him cheering and celebrating with his fellow recently-discharged soldiers. A few of his fellow soldiers even picked him up and tossed him into the air in celebration.
Yoon has as yet not released a statement about his post-service plans but one decision he will have to make soon is which agency he will sign with. His contract with Taxi Entertainment will soon expire and there is no word as to whether he will renew it. He is not known to have contacted any other agencies and there is always the possibility that he will set up his own agency as so many actors have done before him.
According to the TV program tvN's "Name List" Yoon's earning power is estimated to have risen since he joined the military.He can now command a higher salary for drama roles.
Yoon debuted in 2009 when he appeared in "High Kick Through The Roof." His last two k-dramas were "The Prime Minister and I" with Im Yoona and "Flower Boys Next Door" with Park Shin Hye.
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