5+ Of The Hottest 94-Liners Have To Enlist In The Military This Year

Many of our favs will have to leave at the height of their careers. 😭

In South Korea, every male is required to serve in the mandatory military service for about 1.5 years, unless you have an exemption that the nation has cleared—and yes, that includes our favorite male stars, from K-Pop idols to actors!

SHINee’s Minho

Every male Korean citizen must enlist in the army by the time they reach 28 years old (Korean age), so even if they are currently at the height of their career, they have to enlist anyway.

DAY6’s Young K | Stars and Stripes

Let’s take a look at the 5+ male stars who, unfortunately, but absolutely, have to enlist by the end of 2022 due to their age limit.

1. EXO’s Kai

Kai is one of the hottest male idols today. He has made a name for himself outside of EXO as well as a solo artist. He has recently been performing at festivals.

Kai | @AUIMICKY/Twitter

Even recently, he won the “Best New Male Entertainer” award for his work on New World at the inaugural Blue Dragon Series Awards.

2. EXO’s Sehun

Fellow EXO member Sehun is also one of the hottest Korean entertainers as he additionally is a variety show star and actor.

Sehun on “Busted!” | Netflix

Earlier this year, Sehun underwent surgery. Additionally, fans have been concerned since he was recently excluded from SM Entertainment‘s family concert series SMTOWN LIVE in August.


3. WINNER’s Seungyoon (also known as Kang Seung Yoon or simply as Yoon)

Seungyoon is a South Korean singer-songwriter, actor, and leader of the boy band WINNER.

WINNER’s Seungyoon

WINNER made their comeback in July with their fourth mini album, HOLIDAY, and the title track, “I LOVE U.”

4. Ha Sung Woon

Ha Sung Woon is a current soloist and former member of Wanna One and Hotshot.

Ha Sung Woon

He recently released a hit OST duet for tvN K-Drama Our Blues titled “With you” with IRL bestie BTS‘s Jimin.

Jimin (left) and Ha Sung Woon (right). | @gooreumseng/Instagram

5. Nam Joo Hyuk

Nam Joo Hyuk’s popularity as one of the most beloved K-Drama actors only grew with his role as Baek Yi Jin in tvN K-Drama Twenty Five Twenty One.

Nam Joo Hyuk as Baek Yi Jin in “Twenty Five Twenty One.” | tvN

Recently, after bullying allegations were made against him, 20 former classmates and teachers came to his defense. So, he has been confirmed to continue schedules, including the new K-Drama, Vigilante.

| YTN Star

6. 5urprise’s Kang Tae Oh

The 28-year-old actor is a member of the first ever K-Pop actor group 5urprise. He first made his acting debut in a web drama in 2013. Since then, the actor has acted in small roles in dramas such as Miss Korea (2013) and Netflix’s My First First Love (2019). The actor also played the third male lead in Park Bo Young‘s Doom At Your Service (2021) and Run On (2020).

Yet, his popularity is increasing with the male lead role in this season’s fan-favorite K-Drama Extraordinary Attorney Woo.

Kang Tae Oh (left) and Park Eun Bin (right). | ENA & Netflix

7. Song Kang

Song Kang has become famous as the “Son of Netflix” as he has starred in many of the streaming service’s popular K-Dramas, such as  Love Alarm, Nevertheless, Sweet Home, Navillera, and Forecasting Love and Weather.

Song Kang | Netflix

Recently, he attended the Prada SS23 event at this year’s Milan Fashion Week. He has also been confirmed for Season 2 of Sweet Home.

NCT’s Jaehyun (left) and Song Kang (right) | Men’s Uno

So, unfortunately, these Korean male stars will have to leave for over 1.5 years at the height of their careers. Although at this time, there have been little to no statements or updates made from the artists and their companies regarding enlistment plans.

Source: Daum Café