16 Male Celebrities Who Might Join the Army in 2016

All Korean males must serve in the Korean army for 21 months, which often leads to K-pop groups missing members during promotions, or, more often, having to put a hold on group promotions altogether. The age limit for enlisting is 35, but most celebrities end up doing it in their late 20s. Since it’s currently 2016, celebrities with birthdays between 1986 or 1988 are most likely to head off to the Korean military this year. Here is a list of celebrities that are either confirmed to, or likely to enlist in 2016.


All five members of BIGBANG still need to complete their military service. T.O.P (born 1987) is the oldest member, so he is likely to go first.

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Joo Won (born 1987) previously stated that he is planning to join the military in late 2016.

Joo Won

Seo In Guk (born 1987) may be heading off to do his mandatory service sometime this year.

Seo In Guk

Many are wondering whether this will be the year Kim Soo Hyun (born 1988) enlists, once he is finished filming the new movie titled “Real,” which also stars former f(x) member Sulli.

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Seungho (MBLAQ)

Seungho (born 1987) is likely to join the army this year. His latest promotion with now three-member MBLAQ was in June 2015. Group member G.O enlisted earlier this month on February 17.

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Lee Min Ho (born 1987) has been involved in project after project of late, possibly due to his impending military service. In recent news, reports state Lee Min Ho’s hit drama “Heirs” will be adapted into a film, co-produced between Korea and China.

Lee Min Ho

Jang Geun Suk (born 1987) is currently a co-host on idol survival show “Produce 101” and is slated to act in the upcoming SBS dramaDaebak,” which airs in March. It’s possible “Daebak” may be his last show prior to enlistment.

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Jung Il Woo (born 1987) has been cast for the upcoming drama “Cinderella and the Four Knights” (working title), a pre-produced work that is tentatively set to air this year, after which we may be seeing an enlistment announcement.

Jung Il Woo

In a 2014 interview, Ji Chang Wook (born 1987) mentioned that he would most likely enlist in 2015. Seeing as he still hasn’t joined the army, 2016 may be the year for the star of “Healer.” He recently wrapped up filming for Chinese drama “Mr. Right.”

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Taeyang (BIGBANG)

Taeyang (born 1988) mentioned his upcoming deadline for military service at the 2015 MAMA awards, expressing his worry that BIGBANG would not be able to perform at MAMA with all five members in 2016.


G-Dragon (BIGBANG)

G-Dragon (born 1988) stated in an interview that he would go to the army when “required to go.” Born in 1988, he may enlist this year, along with Taeyang and T.O.P.


Kyuhyun (Super Junior)

Kyuhyun (born 1988) held his most recent promotion back in October 2015 with his second mini album, “Fall, Once Again.” It remains to be seen whether Kyuhyun will continue his solo activities this year or enlist.


Ryeowook (Super Junior)

Ryeowook (born 1987) just released his first solo album in January, which ended up breaking into the Billboard Top World Albums Chart at No. 5.

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Kim Junsu (JYJ)

Fans are curious as to when Junsu (born 1986) will enlist, as he is currently in a relationship with EXID‘s Hani.


Yoo Ah In (born 1986) has been working nonstop filming for dramas and movies ahead of his upcoming enlistment. He is currently starring in the SBS drama “Six Flying Dragons.”

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Song Kyungil (History)

Song Kyungil (born 1987) joined History in 2013, and the group released their fourth mini album in March 2015.

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Which celebrity will you miss the most while they complete their service?

kafox is a K-pop addict and avid viewer and subtitler of Korean dramas on Viki.

*An earlier version of this article misstated that Ryeowook’s enlistment was confirmed. It has not officially been confirmed.

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