[UPDATE] Kpop Idols Military Enlistment & Discharge 2020

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KPOP OFFICIAL – Last Updated October 19, 2020 KST


Korean Military Service has existed since 1957 and requires male citizens between the ages of 18 and 28 to perform compulsory military service. Women are not required to perform military service, but they may join the military

Enlistment Age of Korean Military Service


When a Korean male turns 18 (Korean age) until the age of 28.

Most Korean men complete their military service in the early 20s. Typically, they will first graduate high school and complete one or two years of university and then start their military service. On the other hand, famous idols and actors usually wait a little longer before enlisting to the military because it may affect their career.

The Length of Korean Military Service


The length of military service in South Korea varies based on the military branch. Active-duty soldiers serve 1 year 6 months in the Army or Marine Corps, 1 year 8 months in the Navy, and 1 year 9 months in the Air Force. After conscripts finish their military service, they are automatically placed on the reserve roster and are obligated to attend 3 days of annual military training for 6 years (5 years from 2021).

Non-active duty personnel, or “supplemental service” personnel serve for various lengths: 1 year 9 months for social work personnel (better known as public service worker – personnel ordered to do public service work at places that require auxiliary workers such as Local community centers like City Hall, Government Agencies, and Public Facilities like Subway Station); 2 years 10 months for arts and sports personnel or industrial technical personnel; and 3 years for public health doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, or expert researchers.

South Korea currently has among the longest military service periods in the world, ranked behind Israel, Singapore, and North Korea.

Korean Military Service Holidays


Those who served in active duty for at least 100 days, they would be entitled to have the first time off for about 4 days, most people would go home to visit their loved ones.

The holidays are also granted as a reward. For every promotion that they get, they receive 10 extra days of time off. They will also get time off for major holidays.

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Below are the list of Kpop Idols who have enlisted or had been discharged from military in 2020

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January 2, 2020


2PM Jun. K – Discharged

2PM Jun. K was discharged from the military on January 2, 2020

January 8, 2020


INFINITE Sunggyu – Discharged

INFINITE Sunggyu has been discharged from the military on January 8, 2020

January 21, 2020


FTISLAND Lee Jae Jin – Enlist

FTISLAND Lee Jae Jin has enlisted in the military on January 21, 2020

January 28, 2020


HOTSHOT Junhyuk – Enlist

HOTSHOT Junhyuk has enlisted in the military on January 28, 2020

February 3, 2020


SNUPER Suhyun – Enlist

SNUPER Suhyun has enlisted in the military on February 3, 2020

February 24, 2020


FTISLAND Minhwan – Enlist

FTISLAND Minhwan has enlisted in the military on February 24, 2020.

February 25, 2020


2PM Wooyoung – Discharged

2PM Wooyoung has been discharged from the military on February 25, 2020, a few days earlier than planned (February 28, 2020) as a part of the Korean military’s efforts to combat COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

On February 25, his agency JYP Entertainment stated, “Wooyoung was on his ETS leave when it was decided that he would be discharged early instead of returning to his military base to be discharged.”

March 2, 2020


MADTOWN And UNB Daewon – Enlist

MADTOWN And UNB Daewon has enlisted in the military on March 2, 2020.

March 9, 2020


Seungri – Enlist

Seungri has enlisted in the military on March 9, 2020 at the 6th Infantry Recruit Training Center in Cheorwon County, Gangwon Province.

UNIQ Sungjoo – Enlist

UNIQ Sungjoo has enlisted in the military on March 9, 2020. He shared a photo of his new short hairstyle and posted a handwritten letter to fans on Instagram.

March 13, 2020


Jang Hyunseung – Discharged

Jang Hyunseung was discharged from the military on March 13, 2020

March 19, 2020


CNBLUE Kang Min Hyuk, Lee Jung Shin – Discharged

On March 4, CNBLUE agency FNC Entertainment announced, “Kang Min Hyuk and Lee Jung Shin will be discharged on March 19 without returning [to their bases] from their ETS leaves according to the Ministry of National Defense’s policy.”

March 24, 2020


2AM Jo Kwon – Discharged

2AM Jo Kwon was officially discharged from the military on March 24, 2020.

March 25, 2020


Lee Jong Hyun – Discharged

Former CNBLUE member Lee Jong Hyun was discharged from the military on March 25, 2020 according to COVID-19 protocol

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April 2, 2020


WINNER Kim Jin Woo – Enlist

WINNER Jinwoo has enlisted in the military on April 2, 2020. On April 2, Kim Jin Woo entered the Nonsan Army Training Center in South Chungcheong province to begin his military training.

April 6, 2020


Former BIGSTAR Feeldog – Enlist

Former BIGSTAR Feeldog has enlisted in the military on April 6, 2020. On April 6, Feeldog entered the recruit training center of the 22nd Infantry Division located in Goseong of Gangwon Province.

April 7, 2020


BTOB Eunkwang – Discharged

BTOB Eunkwang was officially discharged from the military on April 7, 2020. He held a live broadcast on YouTube to celebrate his return from mandatory military service.

April 10, 2020


Highlight Yoon Doojoon – Discharged

Highlight Yoon Doojoon was officially discharged from the military on April 10, 2020.

April 16, 2020


WINNER Lee Seung Hoon – Enlist

WINNER Lee Seung Hoon has enlisted in the military on April 16, 2020. He entered the Nonsan Army Training Center in South Chungcheong province to begin his military training on April 16. After four weeks of basic military training, he will serve as a public service worker at a designated institution.

April 27, 2020


Former FT ISLAND Song Seung Hyun – Enlist

Former FT ISLAND Song Seung Hyun has enlisted in the military on April 27, 2020.

On April 10, he took to his personal Instagram account to write, “Everyone, I am enlisting on April 27. I will go and come back safely. Because of the COVID-19 issue, I regret that I am not able to bid you farewell from a closer distance. Please be careful of COVID-19. Health is the most important thing. I am going to fulfill my duty to defend the nation.”

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May 11, 2020


BTOB Hyunsik, Yook Sungjae – Enlist

BTOB Hyunsik and Yook Sungjae enlisted in the military on May 11, 2020 at the Nonsan Army Training Center in South Chungcheong Province.

PENTAGON Jinho – Enlist

PENTAGON Jinho will enlist in the military on May 11, 2020 making him the first member of PENTAGON to do military enlistment. PENTAGON will continue promoting as 7 members.

May 14, 2020


EXO Suho – Enlist

EXO Suho has enlisted in the military on May 14, 2020 at the Nonsan Army Training Center in South Chungcheong Province.

May 18, 2020


Block B U-Kwon – Enlist

Block B U-Kwon has enlisted in the military on May 18, 2020. On May 8, KQ Entertainment confirmed, “U-Kwon will be enlisting in the military on May 18. Following his basic training, he plans to fulfill his service as an active-duty soldier.”

May 26, 2020


HOTSHOT Hojung – Enlist

HOTSHOT Hojung has enlisted in the military on May 26, 2020

May 28, 2020


BTOB Ilhoon – Enlist

BTOB Ilhoon enlisted military privately on May 28, 2020. He will serve as a public service worker after four weeks of basic training.

May 29, 2020


Jang Keun Suk – Discharged

Jang Keun Suk (Jang Geun Suk) was discharged from Military on May 29, 2020.

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June 15, 2020


Roy Kim – Enlist

Roy Kim will enlist in the military on June 15, 2020. Roy agency Stone Music Entertainment stated, “Roy Kim applied for the Marine Corps in March. He was recently notified by the Military Manpower Administration that he has been accepted to join the Marine Corps, and he will enlist on June 15 in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province to carry out his duties. Please keep watching over him.”

July 6, 2020


MYNAME Chaejin – Enlist

MYNAME Chaejin will enlist in the military on July 6, 2020


VIXX Ken – Enlist

VIXX Ken will enlist in the military on July 6, 2020. On May 12, Jellyfish Entertainment stated,  “VIXX’s Ken will be enlisting on July 6. Due to safety reasons, we will not be publicly announcing the location and time of his enlistment.”

July 8, 2020


SHINee Onew – Discharged

SM Entertainment confirmed SHINee Onew will be discharged from the military on July 8, 2020. Onew is discharged 12 days early due to the military’s Coronavirus and vacation policy.

July 14, 2020


Nakjoon (Bernard Park) – Discharged

Nakjoon (Bernard Park) will be discharged from the military on July 14, 2020. He will be discharged 13 days early due to the military’s Coronavirus and vacation policy.

July 27, 2020


IMFACT Jeup – Enlist

IMFACT Jeup enlisted in the military on July 27, 2020

July 30, 2020


Zico – Enlist

Zico enlisted in the military on July 30, 2020

August 10, 2020


Park Sun Ho – Enlist

Park Sun Ho enlisted in the military on August 10, 2020


Teen Top Chunji

Teen Top Chunji enlisted in the military on August 20, 2020

August 18, 2020


Former VIXX, Hongbin – Enlist

Former VIXX member, Hongbin, enlisted in the military on August 18, 2020

August 28, 2020


B1A4 CNU – Discharged

B1A4 CNU has been discharged from military on August 28, 2020

August 30, 2020


Highlight Yang Yoseob – Discharged

Highlight Yang Yoseob has been discharged from military on August 30, 2020

August 31, 2020


Park Bo Gum – Enlist

Park Bo Gum enlisted in the military on August 31, 2020

September 7, 2020


VAV Baron – Enlist

VAV Baron enlisted in the military on September 7, 2020

October 5, 2020


KARD J.Seph – Enlist

KARD J.Seph will enlist in the military on October 5, 2020

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October 7, 2020


SHINee Key, VIXX N, and 2AM Jeong Jinwoon – Discharged

On October 7, 2020, SHINee Key, VIXX N, and 2AM Jeong Jinwoon are being discharged from the military.

October 12, 2020


The Rose Hajoon – Enlist

The Rose Hajoon will enlist in the military on October 12, 2020

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October 19, 2020


Block B Park Kyung – Enlist

Block B Park Kyung will enlist in the military on October 19, 2020. KQ Entertainment stated, “Park Kyung is enlisting as an active duty solder on October 19. He postponed his enlistment once in January, and he can no longer push it back, so he is enlisting now.”

October 26, 2020


EXO Chen – Enlist

EXO Chen will enlist in the military on October 26, 2020

October 27, 2020


INFINITE Sungyeol – Discharged

INFINITE Sungyeol will be officially discharged on October 27, 2020.  He took his year-end leave as a soldier on October 4, and will not return to the military base. This is in line with the government’s plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19, allowing soldiers on leave who are close to their discharge date to not return to their posts and instead be discharged early.

November 12, 2020


CRUSH – Enlist

Crush will enlist in the military on November 12, 2020

December 3, 2020


PENTAGON Hui – Enlist

PENTAGON Hui will enlist in the military on December 3, 2020. Cube Entertainment stated, “PENTAGON’s Hui is enlisting at the training center on December 3. After receiving basic training for four weeks, he will serve as a public service worker.”

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  1. the rose dojoon + kard jseph.

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