Korean Artist Military Enlistments in 2021
You might be familiar with the term military service, especially if you are a die-hard fan of K-pop. For those of you who don’t know, military service is when South Korean males around 18 to 30 years old perform compulsory military service.
Whether they are office workers, actors, or even top stars, they have to join military service. But, there are also conditions like health concerns to consider when deciding if someone can join the military or not. In 2021, there are a couple of K-pop artists enlisting, and here are 10 of them!
EXO-Ls must be very sad with the announcement of EXO’s Chanyeol‘s military enlistment. Yes, on March 29, 2021, he enlisted in the military and underwent four weeks of basic training, and he started serving as an active soldier afterward. However, the time and location of his enlistment are private. Meanwhile, he will reportedly be discharged in September 2022.
Following Chanyeol’s military service, another EXO member, Baekhyun, enlisted in the military as well. SM Entertainment (EXO’s agency) also confirmed the news that Baekhyun has joined the military on May 6, 2021, the same day as his birthday.
Previously, Baekhyun also announced the news during his Instagram Live broadcast. Due to his health concern, Baekhyun is serving as a public service worker instead of an active soldier.
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MONSTA X’s Shownu
On July 22, 2021, one of MONSTA X‘s members, Shownu, enlisted in the military! His departure was also accompanied by the other members which made it more meaningful. Previously, Shownu wrote a letter to Monbebe (MONSTA X’s fandom) stating that he would be joining the military in July 2021.
Just like Baekhyun, Shownu is also serving as a public service worker due to his health condition, a dislocated shoulder, and his medical background after having surgery on his left eye.
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Earlier than Chanyeol, Baekhyun, or Shownu, Pentagon’s Hui enlisted in the military on February 18, 2021! Through Pentagon’s official Twitter, Hui left a farewell post for the fans and promised the fans that he will come back as soon as possible in good health. Meanwhile, he entered Nonsan Army Recruit Training Center in South Chungcheong Province for basic training. Hui reportedly will be discharged in August 2022.
Initially, there were rumors that Ravi would be joining the military in June 2021. However, GROOVL1N (Ravi’s agency) reported that his enlistment in June 2021 was false since there was no confirmation about that. But, still, there is another report that he will probably join the military at the end of 2021 since he was born in 1993.
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DAY6’s Sungjin enlisted in the military on March 8, 2021. Not only that, the announcement was very sudden since Sungjin announced it through a V-LIVE session with his fans. He appeared with a buzz-cut and a bright smile.
Sungjin explained that he participated in the album making of DAY6‘s latest album and added that the rest of DAY6 will continue activities as usual.
The youngest SHINee member, Taemin, has finally joined military service. On May 31, 2021, Taemin enlisted in the military with such warm support from the other members! He also became the last SHINee member to join the military since Onew, Minho, and Key have been discharged since 2020. Meanwhile, Taemin will reportedly discharge in November 2022.
The My Roommate Is a Gumiho‘s actor Jang Ki-yong also joined the military this year. After the euphoria of his acting performance in the drama, the fans have to let him go to the military.
It was announced that Jang Ki-yong enlisted as an active-duty soldier on August 23, 2021, after he finished the filming process of his upcoming drama Now, We Are Breaking Up. The location of his enlistment has not been revealed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to his agency.
Another actor who joined the military this year is Seo Kang-joon! Since he is one of many top stars who was born in 1993, no wonder he joined the military in 2021. Even though there hasn’t been official news about it, we can say that his possibility to enlist is quite likely.
Quite different from the previous list, Ji Soo joined military service after a scandal that involved him. KeyEast Entertainment as his agency also confirmed that he will be joining this October as a public worker instead of an active-duty soldier. Previously, Ji Soo was involved in a bullying scandal while filming the drama River Where the Moon Rises.
Those are the 10 Korean stars that joined or will likely join the military in 2021. Even though it is sad to let them go, we wish for a safe military service experience for them! Well, is your bias or idol on the list? Tell us your response through the comment section, and don’t forget to share this article on your social media!