Military Enlistment: who’s getting out and when in 2014 – 2015
“Military Enlistment“, the one phrase in the K-pop world that instantly sends shivers down the spine of any fan, is an integral part of every Korean man’s life and their society. Expected to do their duty, they must leave their friends, family, fans, and career behind and live a life of service for up to as long as twenty-one months.
Veteran fans of Kpop know this to be true. We know that its an eventuality, that their presence will be lost from the entertainment world for only a short period, and yet fans still cringe even at the thought. Almost two years without new albums, tours, reading their SNS posts, or seeing them perform on music shows, may seem like an eternity for the fans, but the practice of conscription is an important and meaningful tradition that symbolizes that final step from boyhood to man. IT is an honorable endeavor that should be supported, respected, and revered.
When a Korean celebrity embarks on his coming-of-age journey into the Korean military, fans aren’t happy but in the spirit of community that so permeates the Kpop fan world, they show a dedication unlike any other. Support for their artist doesn’t diminish the moment he puts on all that green. In fact, it only intensifies. While he is learning about duty, honor, loyalty, comradeship, physical fitness, military hardware, maneuvers, etc, the fan community exercises their own form of dedication by continuing their support wholeheartedly. Waiting patiently, not unlike a military spouse, fans pray for the safety of their artist and look forward to the day of his discharge with hope and pride.
Our Military Enlistment:Who’s getting out and when in 2013-2014 article released last year touched the hearts of our readers so much that, in appreciation to not only their unwavering support of their artists but also of us, we are once again proud to bring you this year’s list of the ten Korean celebrities who are being discharged in the 2014-2015 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.
Seo Min Woo (100%)
Enlistment Date: March 04, 2014
Estimated Discharge: December 2015
Yoo Shi Yoon (Actor/Model)
Enlistment Date: April 28, 2014
Estimated Discharge: December 2015 / January 2016
Leetuk (Super Junior)
Enlistment Date: October 20, 2012
Estimated Discharge: July 28, 2014
Sangchu (Mighty Mouth)
Enlistment Date: October 30, 2012
Estimated Discharge: August 2014
Enlistment Date: December 15, 2012
Estimated Discharge: October/November 2014
Lee Je Hoon (Actor)
Enlistment Date: December 2012
Estimated Discharge: July 2014
Did you see your favorite artist mentioned here? Whose release are you looking forward to the most? Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments!