Prepare To Say Goodbye To These Idols- Idols Who Must Enlist In The Military In 2020

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These beloved Korean male idols must enlist before 2020 ends.

In May of 2018, the military enlistment law in South Korea changed, reducing the maximum age at which mandatory service can be delayed (from 30 to 28).

Because of this, male celebrities who were born in the year 1990 and 1991 had to enlist in 2019, and now 2020 is here which means that all able Korean male idols who are born in 1992 must enlist before the year ends.

Today, we’re taking a look at Korean idols who must enlist in 2020.

Note: this is a list of idols set to enlist, not actors, if we missed an idol born in 1991 or 1992 who hasn’t enlisted yet, please let us know so we can add them to this list.

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WINNER Jinu is one of the few idols on this list who were born in 1991 who haven’t enlisted yet. He was born on September 26, 1991. He is the oldest of his group and must enlist in 2020.


The subject of BTS possibly getting military exemption has been widely discussed in 2019 due to their huge contribution to the South Korean economy, many proposed the idols be granted military exemption. However, it didn’t pass and its been confirmed that BTS members must enlist.

Jin is the oldest of BTS, he was born in 1992 and must enlist before 2020 ends, he’ll be the first of BTS to join the military, this is why ARMY are planning to enjoy 2020 to the max as it would be a while before BTS becomes 7 again.

Block B Zico, Ukwon and Park Kyung

Block B has many members who were born in 1992 including its leader Zico.

Zico, Ukwon and Park Kyung must all enlist in 2020, this will leave only one remaining Block B member who hasn’t enlisted so far, the youngest P.O. who was born in 1993, Jaehyo enlisted in the military but was discharged due to health issue back in 2019.

EXO Suho, Chanyeol, Chen and Baekhyun

EXO fans will have a hard time in 2020 because they must say goodbye to four EXO members. Suho was born in 1991 while Chanyeol, Chen, and Baekhyun were born in 1992, they all must enlist before 2020 ends.

This will leave EXO with only three active members, Sehun and Kai who are born in 1994 and Lay who is a Chinese member of the band. D.O and Xiumin are already enlisted in the military.

It will be a while before we get to see EXO as nine again.

FTISLAND Jaejin and Minhwan

FTISLAND Jaejin was born in 1991 and had recently announced his plans to enlist in late December 2019, he will be enlisting on January 21, 2020. After going through basic training, he will serve as an active-duty soldier.

The youngest member of the group, Minhwan, who is born in 1992 is also set to enlist in 2020 as well, no date has been set yet.


Former FTISLAND member Seunghyun was also born in 1992 and must as well serve his country by 2020.


Actor-idol INFINITE L (Myungsoo) is the only member left of his group who is currently not serving the military, yet. While the leader of INFINTE, Sunggyu was discharged recently, L will have to leave soon. He is currently working on a drama that will likely be his last before his military enlistment.


The oldest member of his group, PENTAGON, Jinho was born in 1992 and will likely become the first member of his group to enlist.


Another worldwide popular male group is also set to lose a member in 2020, MONSTA X Shownu is the oldest of his group, he was born in 1992. He must enlist before 2020 ends as well.

Other notable idols include:


KARD J.seph


N.Flying Seunghyub

Shin Wonho

Are you sad to see these idols go?

Note: this article was edited. KARD B.M was born in America so we’re unsure if he kept his Korean passport or got an American passport. Day6 Jae was born in Argentina.

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By Kevin Miller

My name is Kevin Miller and I am responsible for writing Kpop content on I have been a fan of Kpop since 2014 and I am a multi-stan


  1. I thought BM was exempt because he is American-born. But I love J.Seph and I’m anxious about his enlistment. Hope 2020 is a big year for KARD so he can leave out in a bang.
    I’m conflicted. I selfishly would want them to continue as a trio, but know that he will be sorely missed from the group.

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