EXO Members Military Enlistment: Find Out The Entire EXO Members Enlistment And Discharge Dates


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.


EXO members currently serving in the military: Kai

EXO members who have been discharged from the military: D.O., Xiumin, Suho, Chen, Chanyeol, Baekhyun

EXO members who haven’t enlisted in the military yet: Sehun

Xiumin [discharged]


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 [discharged]


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 [discharged]


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 [discharged]


Chen is among the members who have recently been discharged from the military. Chen has enlisted as an active duty soldier.

Chen’s enlistment date: October 26, 2020

Chen’s discharge date: April 25, 2022

Chanyeol [discharged]


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. [discharged]


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 [serving]


Kai was born in 1994 and according to military laws, SM announced his enlistment in early May.

EXO Kai enlistment date: May 11, 2023

EXO Kai discharge date: February 10, 2025

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

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