Whether they are a student, CEO, actor, or K-pop idol, South Korean men are required to enlist in the military by the age of 28. This means putting everything on hold for 18 months while they render service to their country in a variety of service capacities. However, thanks to the newly adopted“BTS law,” K-Pop idols who have received government medals for their domestic and global cultural contributions may apply for deferment, meaning they can put off enlisting for another two years.
Regardless of if they enlist tomorrow or next year, the loss of your favorite actor or idol is immensely felt. We go from getting daily updates about their lives and activities to virtually nothing until their return.
Check out this list of K-actors and K-Idols who will most likely be enlisting for mandatory military service at some point in the next year.
1. EXO’s Baekhyun
Birthday: 6 May 1992
Dropped his third mini-album “Bambi” on March 31, 2021, as a final gift to fans before enlistment. No date yet.
2. MONSTA X’s Shownu
Birthday: 18 June 1992
Currently engaged in a variety of activities including the drama Geodam 2 and Monsta X’s Japanese album, Flavors of Love slated to drop in May 2021.
3. Jang Ki Yong
Birthday: 7 August 1992
Currently filming “My Roommate is Gumiho” with Girl’s Day’s Hyeri as well as was recently cast in the SBS drama “I’m Breaking Up Now” which is yet to start filming.
4. BTS’s Jin
Birthday: 4 December 1992
Aside from BTS’s various activities with FILA and Samsung, Jin is not only busy with BTS’s variety shows but also in the midst of preparing for a new album dropping in June this year.
5. Block B’s P.O
Birthday: 2 February 1993
Pyo Ji Hoon, better known by his stage name P.O, is currently crushing it in the drama “Mouse.” He is also scheduled to participate in an untitled Na Young Seok project that is still TBA.
6. VIXX’s Ravi
Birthday: 15 February 1993
Ravi, has been busy participating in the variety show “2 Days, 1 Night,” promoting new music, notably his latest explosive single, “Tiger,” as well as continuing to create music with VIXX.
Birthday: 1 March 1993
Wonho recently dazzled fans with not only the release of his second solo EP, “Love Synonym Pt. 2: Right for Us,” but also during his virtual online concert #WeNeedLove. We hope to get part three of this album series before he heads to the military.
8. BTS’ Suga
Birthday: 9 March 1993
Suga had shoulder surgery late last year to repair an old injury that occurred during his trainee days to prepare him for enlistment. Now currently in the midst of various schedules for variety shows and new album preparations.
9. WINNER’s Mino
Birthday: 30 March 1993
Mino has been racking up the fashion accolades even before he stepped on the runway as the first-ever Korean star at Paris Fashion Week in 2019. Last week, his campaign as the first-ever ambassador for the high-end fashion brand Songzio dropped and it is phenomenal.
10. SHINee’s Taemin
Birthday: 18 July 1993
From his first OST in six years and SHINee’s return to the stage on April 4th with the online concert “SHINee WORLD” to SuperM’s upcoming promotion and more, Taemin is as busy as ever.
11. Seo Kang Joon
Birthday: 12 October 1993
Currently in the early stages for the drama’s “Zero” and “Something About Us,” which are scheduled to drop later this fall.
Not ready to bid these men farewell? Tell us who you will miss the most below in the comments.