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Jin joins the South Korean army: Over 30 Kpop artists have enlisted in the military

BTS vocal star Kim Seokjin is enlisted in the South Korean military to serve his mandatory duty. BTS never failed to deliver, and they have made sure that their fanbase, lovingly called ARMY. is content as they leave. But who is content when they hear of a beloved Kpop group’s departure?

In recent times, it was BTS vocal’s Kim Taehyung’s birthday. He received a phone call from a random number and that turned out to be Jin calling him to wish him and to let his members know that he’s safe, and has adjusted well in his troop. That’s all we wanted to hear.

How many Kpop artists are currently serving in the South Korean army?

Many Kpop artists are serving in the military as you’re reading this article. Here’s a list of those who are in the military.

  • Ziu from VAV (Jul 12, 2021- Jan 11, 2023)
  • Lou from VAV (Jul 12, 2021- Jan 11, 2023)
  • Kim DongJun from ZE:A (Jul 12, 2021- Jan 11, 2023)
  • Han SeungWoo from VICTON (Jul 28, 2021- Jan 25, 2023)
  • BaekHyun from EXO (May 06, 2021- Feb 05, 2023)
  • Taemin from SHINee (he joined as an active soldier on May 31st 2021, but due to depression and anxiety he’s being shifted to public service and will be exempted from military on May 3rd 2023)
  • Park WooDam from D1CE (Sep 27, 2021- Mar 26, 2023)
  • Woodie GoChild (SOLO) (Oct 05, 2021- Apr 04, 2023)
  • YoungK from DAY6 (Young K served in KATUSA [Korean Augmention Troops to the United States Army] and won “Best Warrior”, Oct 12, 2021- Apr 11, 2023)
  • ShowNu from MonstaX (Jul 22, 2021- Apr 21, 2023)
  • Lee JunYong from NOIR (Nov 08, 2021- May 07, 2023)
  • JiAn from IMFACT (Nov 16, 2021- May 15, 2023)
  • SuWoong from Boys Republic (Sep 09, 2021- Jun 08, 2023)
  • Wow from A.C.E (Sep 10, 2021- Jun 09, 2023)
  • TaeHo from IMFACT (Dec 14, 2021- Jun 13, 2023)
  • MK from ONF (Dec 21, 2021- Jun 20, 2023)
  • J-Us from ONF (Dec 27, 2021- Jun 26, 2023)
  • Wyatt from ONF (Dec 27, 2021- Jun 26, 2023)
  • E-Tion from ONF (Dec 28, 2021- Jun 27, 2023)
  • HyoJin from ONF (Dec 28, 2021- Jun 27, 2023)
  • SanDeul from B1A4 (Nov 11, 2021- Jul 10, 2023)
  • DoWoon from DAY6 (Jan 17, 2022- Jul 16, 2023)
  • Jun from A.C.E (Feb 07, 2022- Aug 06, 2023)
  • Jeong InSeong from KNK (Feb 08, 2022- Aug 07, 2023)
  • InSeong from SF9 (Mar 21, 2022- Sep 20, 2023) P.O. from BTOB (Mar 28, 2022- Sep 27, 2023)
  • YoungBin from SF9 (Mar 29, 2022- Sep 28, 2023)
  • Kim ByeongKwan from A.C.E (Apr 11, 2022- Oct 10, 2023)
  • MJ from ASTRO (May 09, 2022- Nov 08, 2023)
  • Park SeoHam from ex-KNK (Mar 10, 2022- Nov 09, 2023)
  • Kim SyunHoo from D1CE (Mar 21, 2022- Nov 20, 2023)
  • Jung YooJun from D1CE (Mar 21, 2022- Nov 20, 2023)
  • WonPil from DAY6 (Mar 28, 2022- Nov 27, 2023)
  • Lee DaeYeol from Golden Child (Mar 29, 2022- Nov 28, 2023)
  • YongHoon from ONEWE (Jul 12, 2022- Jan 11, 2023)
  • KangHyun from ONEWE (Aug 02, 2022- Feb 2024)
  • Chan from A.C.E (Aug 16, 2022- Feb 15, 2024)
  • Ha SungWoon from HOTSHOT (Oct 24, 2022- Apr 23, 2024)
  • WonHo from ex- MonstaX (SOLO) (Dec 05, 2022- Jun 04, 2024)
  • Kim Seokjin from BTS (Dec 13, 2022- Jun 12, 2024)
  • Ravi from VIXX (Oct 27, 2022- Jul 26, 2024)

What is the procedure for enlisting in the South Korean army?

Since the dispute between North Korea and South Korea, because of the increase in tension and the ongoing issues between the two countries, all well bodied South Korean men who are 28 years old have to serve in the military compulsory. If you don’t want to, you need to serve in the Korean Prison System.

There will be a rotation between the Prison Laundry and the Prison Kitchen duties, and the term for it is twice as the Military term, which in military you have to serve for 18-21 months, in the Prison System you have to serve for 24-36 months.

Jin joins the military: Is BTS avoiding enlistment?

No, it’s every Korean’s duty to serve in the military and BTS is no exception. The South Korean government had given BTS an exemption from going to the military as BTS boosted South Korea’s economy a lot, amounting to billions of dollars per year. When they will leave, as is the rule, South Korea will inevitably go for a loss.

But as BTS has promised, they are going to return as a group when their military services are complete and will once again grace everyone’s screen and hearts.

Also read: HYBE Labels: A glimpse into the journey of the powerful company that made BTS

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Lakshmi Kher
Lakshmi Kher
Lakshmi Kher, also known as Luna, has been a fan of K-pop for over eight years now. Her favorite K-pop groups include BTS, Stray Kids, Itzy, Red Velvet, BlackPink, TXT, ENHYPEN and many others. You can normally catch her at a quaint cafe amongst books with her laptop, writing and of course listening to some of her favorite tracks!
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