Dispatch has released a new article arguing against YG Entertainment’s statement on G-Dragon’s hospitalization.
The news outlet first reported on June 25 that the BIGBANG member is being hospitalized in a VIP room for colonels at a military hospital and is receiving special treatment. The reports were denied by YG Entertainment.
In response to YG Entertainment saying that there are no rooms specifically for colonels at the hospital, Dispatch checked the operating system of the hospital and found that room 311 of ward 301, which G-Dragon was staying in, is classified as a “colonel hospital room.”
According to Dispatch, the only 1-person hospital rooms are on the third and sixth floors. The colonel room is on third floor and cannot be used by typical soldiers. The 1-person room on sixth floor is used for special circumstances like those who need to be quarantined.
On G-Dragon adhering to the sick leave period and using up his personal vacation time to receive treatment, Dispatch shared that he went on sick leave from May 16 through 25 and extended until June 1. He then went on a sick leave from June 13 through 16, used up personal vacation time on June 17 and 18, and was hospitalized on June 19. He is expected to be discharged on June 28, which means he will have spent 33 days outside of the army base over two months.
The Ministry of National Defense has released an official statement in response to Dispatch’s new article.
The Yangzhou Armed Forces Hospital, which G-Dragon is staying at, does not have a “colonel room.” The image presented by Dispatch on room 311 of ward 301 being a “colonel room” is because the software sources were not edited when the operating system was updated in 2012. Soldiers and executives can all use the room if decided as such by the medical team. Nine soldiers, noncommissioned officers, commissioned officers, etc. have used the room since 2017.
The Ministry of National Defense also explained that soldiers can go on up to 30 days of sick leave in a year. G-Dragon used three days in April, 17 days in May, and six days in June for a total of 26 days. He has been hospitalized at the Yangzhou Armed Forces Hospital since June 19, and this period does not count as a sick leave.