Military enlistment is a part of every Korean man’s career, apart from a few exceptions, and eligible K-Pop idols also have to take time to complete it. According to South Korea’s law, all able-bodied men have to complete at least 18 months of military service between the ages of 18 and 28, and it’s a time that many K-Pop fans understandably dread. For 2023, male idols that were born in 1995 that haven’t yet completed their military service will have to enlist unless an exception is made. Here are 10 such idols that we’ll probably see start their enlistment next year!
1. Bobby (iKON)
Bobby was born on December 21, 1995. We’re sure fans as well as his wife and recently born son will miss him during this time!
2. Song (iKON)
Song was born on February 8, 1995. Since it seems like iKON will be missing two of its members by late next year, it will be interesting to see what the remaining members end up doing in the meantime.
3. Taeyong (NCT)
Taeyong was born on July 1, 1995. As the leader of NCT and part of several sub-units, he’ll definitely be missed, but we have no doubt he’ll be able to jump right back into music once he returns!
4. S.Coups (SEVENTEEN)
S.Coups was born on August 8, 1995. As another leader and potentially the first member of SEVENTEEN that will enlist, it will be a huge adjustment for fans of the group to handle, but at least there will be plenty of other members around during his service!
5. Jeonghan (SEVENTEEN)
Jeonghan was born on October 4, 1995. Like S.Coups, he’ll be another member of SEVENTEEN to likely enlist in 2023, and like the group’s leader, it will be a hard time for fans to wait for him to return.
6. Shinwon (PENTAGON)
Shinwon was born on December 11, 1995. He will follow in the footsteps of fellow members Jinho, Hui, and Hongseok who have already started or completed their service.
7. Hwang Minhyun
Minhyun was born on August 9, 1995. Though he’s no longer an active member of a K-Pop group after NU’EST‘s disbandment, he still has many of fans that will miss him!
8. Dawon (SF9)
Dawon was born on July 24, 1995. He isn’t the first member of SF9 to enlist — Inseong and Youngbin are currently completing their service — and we hope that his time in the military goes by quickly!
9. Hyuk (VIXX)
Hyuk was born on July 5, 1995. As the maknae of VIXX, Hyuk is the last of the members to start his enlistment, and we can only hope that the group will finally have a comeback before or after his service!
10. Seungsik (VICTON)
Seungsik was born on April 16, 1995. He became an interim leader while Seungwoo took time to promote as X1. As of March 2020, though, Seungsik confirmed that he’ll remain the official team leader!