BTOB’s Ilhoon Announces Enlistment Plans

BTOB’s Ilhoon will be enlisting in the military today to carry out his mandatory service.

Late in the evening on May 27, Ilhoon posted a photo on Instagram of himself with a short haircut, along with following letter:

Hello. I’m greeting my beloved Melody and supportive fans through a post for the first time in a while. To be honest, I am writing this post to share news about my enlistment. I feel sorry over how I haven’t been properly communicating with you while taking a break from promotions over that period of time. You must have felt very frustrated because you haven’t heard directly from someone you trust and love and have only received news about me once and a while. Once again, I’m sorry. However, during that time I was focusing on myself and spending time taking care of myself.

I think this is the first time in a while that I’ve written such a long post, but I also feel sorry over the fact that this is such sudden news. However, I’m sure you’re all also aware that I have to carry out my duties as a South Korean man. It may be a time that feels both long and short, but I’ll return healthier and happier. I hope that you’re happy too during that time. Thank you for reading my long post! Once again, I love you, Melody.

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안녕하세요 사랑하는 멜로디 그리고 응원해주시는 팬 여러분들 오랜만에 글로써 인사 드립니다. 사실 저의 입대소식을 밝히고자 이렇게 글을 적습니다. 제가 그 동안에 활동을 쉬면서 여러분들과 제대로된 소통이 없었던 점 미안하게 생각하고 있어요. 믿고 사랑하는 사람에게 연락도 없고 가끔씩 들려오는 소식만 있을뿐 답답함을 많이 느끼셨겠지요. 다시 한번 미안해요. 하지만 그 시간 동안 오롯이 저에게 집중하며 스스로를 돌보는 시간을 가지는 중이었습니다. 이렇게 긴 글을 참 오랜만에 남기는것 같은데 갑작스러운 소식이 되는것 같아서 그 점 또한 미안하게 생각해요. 하지만 대한민국의 남성으로써 저 또한 짊어져야할 의무를 수행해야 한다는 것은 여러분들도 잘 알고 계시겠지요. 길다면 길고 짧다면 짧은 시간이 되겠지만 보다 건강하고 행복한 모습으로 돌아오도록 하겠습니다. 그 동안 여러분들도 행복하셨으면 좋겠습니다. 긴 글 읽어주셔서 감사합니다! 다시 한번 사랑합니다 멜로디❤️??

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Following his letter, Cube Entertainment told news outlet MK Sports that Ilhoon will be enlisting on May 28. They also shared that after four weeks of basic training, he will be serving as a public service worker. The location and time of his enlistment are being kept private.

Ilhoon (who was born in 1994) is the last member of BTOB who’ll be carrying out mandatory military service, as Peniel doesn’t need to serve due to his American citizenship. Changsub enlisted in January 2019 and Minhyuk enlisted the next month, while BTOB’s Hyunsik and Yook Sungjae enlisted this May. Eunkwang was discharged from the military in April and is currently gearing up for a June solo comeback.

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