Block B member and actor P.O (Pyo Ji-hoon) recently shared his experiences and growth sincelisting in the Marine Corps.
On June 9th, an interview video titled “Why I Chose to be the 1280th Marine: Sergeant Pyo Ji-hoon” was released on the ‘National Defense NEWS’ channel. P.O greeted viewers by saying, “I am Sergeant Pyo Ji-hoon, proudly serving in the Republic of Korea Marine Corps Command. Victory!”
P.O caught attention with his more mature and sharp jawline. When asked about his decision to join the Marine Corps, he said, “My mother wanted me to serve in a prestigious place, and I wanted to fulfill her wish. That’s why I decided to enlist.”
P.O revealed that after several failed attempts, he finally achieved his dream of enlisting in the Marine Corps after four years of trying. “I first applied to the Marine Corps when I was 27. From 27 to 29, I received notifications that I had been rejected three times. I wondered why I was rejected, as I was a healthy young Korean man with a physical grade of 1. It turned out that I was rejected due to insufficient attendance during high school because I debuted during that time. I thought about how I could join the Marine Corps and decided to take the military band test at the Marine Corps Command,” he shared.
For P.O, the Marine Corps represented “another challenge.” He said, “It was harder and more difficult during the training, but I thought it was an experience every Korean man should have at least once. After joining the the Marine Corps, I told myself, ‘I overcame it and endured it.’ I became physically healthier and my mindset changed a lot.”
P.O expressed his desire to return to acting and singing, saying, “I want to go back to filming dramas and movies as an actor, and show a good side of myself as a singer and entertainer. I hope to become someone who exudes a more masculine vibe after serving in the Marine Corps.”
P.O debuted with Block B in 2011 and has appeared in numerous variety programs such as tvN’s ‘Amazing Saturday’ and ‘New Journey to the West,’ as well as dramas like ‘Hotel Del Luna,’ ‘Encounter,’ ‘Mouse,’ and JTBC’s ‘Probability.’ He enlisted in the Marine Corps in March last year and is scheduled to be discharged in September.