All Korean men are required to serve the military for 21 months, unless you have serious health issues. It’s no exception for celebrities too and we’ve seen a number of top stars leave their job to serve the country over the past few years. Just last year, for example, we’ve seen Rain, Super Junior’s Heechul, Wheesung, Hwan Hee, SS501’s Kim Kyu Jong, and Ji Hyun Woo enlist to fulfill their military duty.
This month, however, seems like a particularly busy month for Korean celebrities to join the military. A total of 7 top stars are (or already have) enlisting by the end of this month – and it’s absolutely heart breaking to see them leave us for the next 21 months! Here’s the full list – please let us know if we missed anyone!
Leeteuk, the leader of Super Junior, is joining the Korean army on October 30. Despite suffering from back injuries due to a car accident, Leeteuk will be serving as a regular military officer. On October 23, he wrote on his Twitter, “D-7 I’ll try to make the happiest one week in the world.”