Enlistment is something every kpop fan dreads, when the time comes, Kpop fans must say goodbye to their favorite idols for a period of no less than 1 year and 6 months [as of this writing].
Military service is mandatory in South Korea, meaning all able Korean men must serve their country, this law extends to Kpop idols as well. Every able Korean man must serve their country before they become 28 years old [international age].
EXO is a kpop group on the bigger side as they have nine members, eight of which must serve, and this sadly means a lengthier hiatus as each member will likely serve when their time comes.
Today, we’re taking a look at the full EXO members’ military enlistment date. The below article includes the members’ enlistment and discharge dates.
Note: this article will be periodically updated as EXO members enlist or get discharged. So please bookmark it.
Xiumin is the oldest member of his group and was the first to enlist in the military and the first to be discharged.
Xiumin enlistment date: May 7, 2019
Xiumin discharge date: December 6, 2020
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Xiumin official discharge date was December 6, however, he was on his final military leave in November 2020.
Suho is the leader of his group and one of the members who served as a public service worker. Suho was the third member of EXO to enter the military after Xiumin and D.O.
Suho enlistment date: May 14, 2020
Suho discharge date: February 13, 2022
Lay is the only Chinese member of EXO and thus, he won’t be serving in the Korean military.
Baekhyun is the most recent EXO member to announce his military enlistment. He enlisted on his birthday and will also serve as a public service worker due to hypothyroidism.
Baekhyun enlistment date: May 6, 2021
Baekhyun discharge date: February 5, 2023
Chen is among the members who have recently been discharged from the military. Chen has enlisted as an active duty soldier.
Chen enlistment date: October 26, 2020
Chen discharge date: April 25, 2022
Chanyeol is among the 92-liners of EXO who have had to enlist in 2021, he’s currently serving as an active duty soldier.
Chanyeol enlistment date: March 29, 2021
Chanyeol discharge date: September 28, 2022
D.O’s enlistment came as a huge shock to the fandom because he was among the members who still had time but he chose to enlist earlier than expected.
He enlisted as an active duty soldier and served at the Capital Mechanized Infantry Division (Fierce Tiger Division) as a food handler (kitchen police). He’s among the EXO members who have completed their military service.
D.O enlistment date: July 1, 2019
D.O discharge date: January 25, 2021
Kai [to enlist]
Kai was born in 1994 and according to military laws, he still has time before he must enlist, the idol is yet to announce his official enlistment date.
Kai enlistment date: to be revealed
Kai discharge date: to be revealed
Sehun [to enlist]
Sehun is the youngest member of his group, he was also born in 1994. Sehun enlistment date is yet to come and he still has time before the deadline, he has yet to announce it.
Sehun enlistment date: to be revealed
Sehun discharge date: to be revealed