Hyun Bin, Gong Yoo and more: 10 Korean celebrities who served in the military

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By Jove Moya

By Jove Moya

June 25, 2021

In South Korea, all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 28 must join the military. In this article we list some of the famous oppas who have already enlisted for their military service

In South Korea, there is a law that many devote Hallyu fans love to hate: the conscription or military enlistment law that has been in existence since 1957.

It requires all male citizens between the ages of 18 and 28 to perform military service for the country, meaning that depending on which branch of the military they are in, South Korea’s male stars will be out. of sight for a long time. As a rule, men assigned to the army and navy will be required to perform their duties for 21 months; those assigned to the Navy will serve for 23 months, while those in the Air Force will serve for 24 months.

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In this article you will find 10 of our favorite celebs who were in the military to serve their country.

CHUNCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - AUG 27: Song Joong-Ki joins military service at the Korea Army Training Center on August 27, 2013 in Chuncheon, South Korea.  (Photo by ilgan Sports / Multi-Bits via Getty Images)
CHUNCHEON, SOUTH KOREA – AUG 27: Song Joong-Ki joins military service at the Korea Army Training Center on August 27, 2013 in Chuncheon, South Korea. (Photo by ilgan Sports / Multi-Bits via Getty Images)

Last name: Song Joong Ki

Military enlistment: 2013-2015

Famous for: His performance in Descendants of the Sun (DOTS), Vincenzo, and Sungkyungkwan scandal.

Did you know? In a 2015 editorial from Kookbang DaIis lying, a newspaper published by South Korea’s Defense Media Agency, Song revealed that he feared his celebrity status would be “seen differently” by his comrades. the POINTS star revealed that an anonymous commander gave him advice that allayed his fears.

“Living as a soldier made me more mature and I was able to gain valuable life experience,” he said.

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Lee Min-Ho in military service (Photo: Channel Korea)
Lee Min-Ho in military service (Photo: Channel Korea)

Last name: Lee min-ho

Military enlistment: 2017-2019

Famous for: His performance in The king: eternal monarch, The heirs, Boys above the flowers, and Legend of the blue sea.

Did you know? Min-ho was given a level six in a pre-enlistment physical exam due to injuries he sustained in previous car crashes. One in 2006, with his friend Jung Il-woo, and another in 2011, while filming Town hunter.

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Gong Yoo at the Korean Forces Network (Photo: Han Cinema)
Gong Yoo at the Korean Forces Network (Photo: Han Cinema)

Last name: Gong Ji-cheol / Gong Yoo

Military enlistment: 2008-2009

Famous for: His performance in Train to Busan, Guardian: The Great and Alone God, and Prince of coffee.

Did you know? During his service, the actor performed active frontline duty on the South Korean border and served in the army’s public relations unit. He was also able to become a DJ for the army radio station called Korean Forces Network.

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Last name: Lee jong suk

Military enlistment: 2019-2021

Famous for: His roles in While you were sleeping, Prosecutor Princess, Pinocchio, Foreign doctor, and I can hear your voice.

Did you know? On March 8, 2019, his agency, A-Man Project, confirmed that the actor will perform his military duties as a public servant due to his past injuries. “Lee Jong-suk will begin his military service on March 8 as a civil servant. He will carry out his duties to the country in good faith, ”his agency said.

Kim Soo-Hyun was drafted in 2017 (Photo: Soompi)
Kim Soo-Hyun was drafted in 2017 (Photo: Soompi)

Last name: Kim Soo Hyun

Military enlistment: 2017-2019

Famous for: His roles in It’s good not to be well, My love from another star, Moon kissing the sun and Dream high.

Did you know? Soo-hyun attributed some of his emotional maturity to his time in the military. “Before that, I felt responsible for doing a number, and I had this eagerness to stand out with my acting in every scene. But after being demobilized, I learned to fit into the overall program. The broadcast environment is such that one person cannot fill the entire space. It is only when you recognize others and blend in with yourself that you and your partner can shine, ”the star said in an interview.

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Hyun Bin as a South Korean soldier (Photo: The Korean Herald)
Hyun Bin as a South Korean soldier (Photo: The Korean Herald)

Last name: Kim Tae-pyung / Hyun Bin

Military enlistment: 2011-2012

Famous for: His roles in C’est Crash landing on you, Hyde Jekyll, me, and Secret garden.

Did you know? Hyun Bin was assigned to the Marines during his time in the military. The idol was recognized as an “exemplary soldier” for his ability to perform heavy military tasks.

Park Seo-joon went straight to the military camp after graduating from high school (Photo: KDrama Stars)
Park Seo-joon went straight to the military camp after graduating from high school (Photo: KDrama Stars)

Last name: Seo-joon Park

Military enlistment: 2008-2010

Famous for: His performance in Itaewon class, What’s wrong with Secretary Kim?, and Fight for my way.

Did you know? The actor immediately served in the military at age 19 after just graduating from high school. He started his acting career after his release in 2010.

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Last name: Woo do-hwan

Military enlistment: 2020-present

Famous for: His performance in The Eternal King Monarch, My country: the new age, Enraged dog, and sweet stranger and me.

Did you know? Before joining the military in July, Do-hwan was kicked out by TKEM co-star Lee Min-ho, one of his dearest friends in the industry. “I will come and go, Your Majesty,” the actor said on his official Instagram account.

Kim Hyun-joong served in the military (Photo: AllKpop on Twitter)
Kim Hyun-joong served in the military (Photo: AllKpop on Twitter)

Last name: Kim hyun-joong

Military enlistment: 2015-2017

Famous for: His roles in Playful kiss, Boys above the flowers, and Age of feeling.

Did you know? Hyun-joong successfully completed five weeks of basic training at Gyeonggi-do 30th Recruit Training Squadron. The actor was assigned to a border patrol in the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

Jo In-sung has joined the Air Force (Photo: SPN)
Jo In-sung has joined the Air Force (Photo: SPN)

Last name: Jo In-sang

Military enlistment: 2009-2011

Famous for: His performance in What happened in Bali, This winter the wind is blowing, and It’s good, it’s love.

Did you know? The actor is said to have joined the Air Force to follow in his father’s footsteps who had previously served as a non-commissioned officer.



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