Editorial

Military enlistment: who’s getting out and when in 2013-2014

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“Mandatory Military Service” are probably the three most despised words in a Kpop fan’s vocabulary. The very mention of the term, immediately invokes a cringe and causes fans to cry, wail, and panic. Why? As we all know, Kpop fans are one of the most dedicated and die-hard groups of fans in the world, so when their favorite artist has to serve his military service, naturally they become quite upset. Two years without new albums, tours, or seeing them perform on music shows can be quite traumatic for some fans. But still, the purpose of the conscription is important and meaningful to the Koreans; for the defense of  the country and largely seems as a transition stage of manhood from a boy to a man.

As a Kpop artist embarks on his journey into the Korean military, fans go to every length and distance to show their support by starting support campaigns and even “Countdown Till Release” time clock sites. “Who’s in” and “who’s getting out soon” are very hot topics among the fan community, so we at hellokpop set out to compile a release-date list for our readers. Currently there are twenty-two Korean celebrities serving in the military who are set to be discharged within the 2013-2014 cycle.

Check out the following list to see if your favorite artist will be discharged, and when.

*Note: All dates are estimated based on enlistment date and branch of service enlistment time requirements. This list is categorized by month of enlistment date.

 

[January – April ]

Kim Jang Hyun (Sunny Hill)
– Enlistment date: January 31, 2012
– Estimated discharge date: February/March 2014




Kim Yong Jun (SG Wannabe)
– Enlistment date: February 16, 2012
– Estimated discharge date: February/March 2014




Min Kyung Hoon (Singer/Actor)
– Enlistment date: March 6, 2012
– Estimated discharge date: December 2013




Jay Kim (TRAX)
– Enlistment date: March 26, 2012
– Estimated discharge date: January 2014



Dari (Dalmatian)
– Enlistment date: April 25, 2011
– Estimated release date: March 2013


[May – August ]



Kim Hye Sung (Actor)
– Enlistment date: June 14, 2011
– Estimated release date: April 2013



Kim Jae Wook (Actor)
– Enlistment date: July 5, 2011
– Estimated release date: May 2013

 


Kim Kyu Jong (SS501)
– Enlistment date: July 23, 2012
– Estimated release date: May 2014




Ji Hyun Woo (The Nuts)
– Enlistment date: August 7, 2012
– Estimated release date: May 2014


[ September – December ]



Kim Heechul (Super Junior)

– Enlistment date: September 1, 2011
– Estimated release date: July 2013




Jung Taewoo (Actor)
– Enlistment date: September 14, 2011
– Estimated release date: July 2013



Kim Jun (T-MAX)
– Enlistment date: September 29, 2011
– Estimated release date: July 2013




Kim Kyung Rok (V.O.S)
– Enlistment date: September 29, 2011
– Estimated release date: July 2013




Lee Hyun (8eight)
– Enlistment date: October 8, 2012
– Estimated release date: June 2014




Jung Ji-Hoon (Rain)
– Enlistment date: October 11, 2011
– Estimated release date: July 2013




Kim Jungmo (TRAX)
– Enlistment date: October 25, 2012
– Estimated release date: June 2014



Jung Yunhak (Supernova)
– Enlistment date: October 25, 2011
– Estimated release date: June 25, 2013

 



Hwanhee (Fly To The Sky)
– Enlistment date: October 27, 2011
– Estimated release date: August 2013

 

Leetuk (Super Junior)
– Enlistment date: October 30, 2012
– Estimated release date: August 2014




Sangchu (Mighty Mouth)
– Enlistment date: October 30, 2012
– Estimated release date: August 2014




Wheesung
– Enlistment date: November 7, 2011
– Estimated release date: August/September 2013

 


Ghun (X-5)
– Enlistment date: December 5, 2012
– Estimated release date: October/November 2014

Did you see your favorite artist mentioned here? Who’s release are you looking forward to the most? Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments!

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47 Comments

  1. Hadjer Joli

    June 4, 2014 at 7:29 am

    No Exo memeber yey

  2. L7

    May 8, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Yoo Seung Ho, SS501 Heo Young Saeng, Yoon Shi Yoon, Lee Joon Ki, Jang Dong Won, Se7en, Park Ki Along (May 8, 2014). Song Joong Ki,

  3. Phoebe Tzien

    April 16, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    hmm, yeah! when you say it, i kinda thought of sooyoung :X they’re kinda a like too 🙂

  4. Zirracus

    April 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    he looks like a girl.

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