We look at the Korean stars who will enlist, have enlisted, have been discharged and are due to discharge from their mandatory military service
Here in Singapore, the very mention of National Service (NS) is enough to elicit a sigh from most people – guys have to spend a good two years of their best years on it, girls have to surrender their boyfriends to it and parents being parents, worry about their sons’ safeties throughout the service.
Things aren’t that different in South Korea, but with two major differences – instead of conscription upon reaching the age of 18, Korean males are allowed to choose when they enlist, as long as they do so between the ages of 19 and 29. They also serve a total of 21 months instead of 2 years.
Korean stars, be it actors, singers or idols, go through this process amidst global heartbreak of girls having to bid farewell to their oppas (affectionate term for an older male). Their return to civilian life, however, usually take place with much fanfare as the stars are returned to the spotlight.
Super Junior’s leader Leeteuk was one of the K-Pop stars to be released recently in a hush-hush setting, where he reportedly sprinted to waiting transport from his company, SM Entertainment, in a bid to avoid being photographed by the fans and reporters who gathered hoping to catch a long-awaited glimpse of the idol.
Click on to check out the 2014 list of Korean celebs that will enlist, have enlisted, have been discharged and are due to discharge from their mandatory service.
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