Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kpop Idols Facing The Challenging World of Military Service

For most countries across the world, military service is only an option, but for South Koreans it is mandatory. Many people may not fully understand its importance to their nation, but for Korean people they take it very seriously, because of the fact that they are still at war with North Koreans. When we say mandatory, there is no exception with the law, from a simple citizen of Korea to the brightest star today. Yes, you read it right; Kpop idols and actors have to serve as well or else they will be ignored by their society forever, that’s the law!

Korean men are required to serve for two years or less in the military depending on the conscription that they are in and the age range is from 18-35 years old only.

Army: 1 year and 10 months
Navy: 1 year and 10 months
Air Force: 2 years and 1 month

Hallyu stars are required to leave the limelight and say hello to the military world for a while, not because it is amended by the law but to fulfill their duty and responsibility as a citizen of their country. It’s really hard for them to step out of the stage to face a new challenging role in the real world. Yet, they choose to leave everything behind for the sake of their nation (from luxurious and branded dress to military uniforms and from a scrumptious meal to war food).

In line with this, let me give a list of some Korean drama series actors and singers that are currently enlisted in the military.

Kim Yong Jun
The SG wannabe joined the military last February 16, 2012 

Hyun Bin
He was enlisted in the military 5 months ago, March 7, 2012. Hyun is the star of the Korean TV series Secret Garden

Jay Kim
The leader and lead vocalist of “The Trax”, Jay joined the military last March 26, 2012

Dari (Dalmatian)
The Korean rapper, dari was enlisted in the army last April 25, 2012
Kim Hye Sung
A korean actor and model, Kim Hye Sung bids his fans farewell as he was enlisted in the army on June 14, 2011
Kim Jaewook
One of the stars of Mary Stayed Out All Night, Kim leave his career to serve the military last July 5, 2011 
Kim Nam Gil
From the popular TV series, Queen Seon Deok and My Name is Kim Sam Soon, Nam Gil decided to enter the military last July 15, 2012
Shin Dong Wook
Shin Dong Wook (Soulmate, Wish Upon a Star), was reported for duty last July 20, 2012 for his 2 year military service
The Super Junior star, heechul was enlisted in the military last year, September 1, 2011 
Jung Taewoo
Jung was known to star in Korean historical dramas genre (Dae Jo Yeong and The King and I), and decided to enter the military last September 14, 2011
Kim Jun (T-Max)
The BOF star, Woo Bin or Kim Joon in real life was enlisted in the military last September 29, 2011 
Kim Kyung Rok (V.O.S)
V.O.S member Kyung Rok enlisted himself in the army last September 29, 2011 
Rain Bi

Multi-talented singer, actor, model Rain Bi entered the military last October 11, 2011 
The boy of Supernova is finally enlisted in the military on October 25, 2011 
Singer and actor Hwanhee is officialy enlists with the military on October 27, 2011 
Park Yunhwa
T-Max’s Yunhwa was enlisted in the army last October 27, 2011 
Choi Hyun Joon

V.O.S’s Choi Hyun Joon have officially enlisted in the army on Novermber 18, 2010 
Go Joo Won
Joo Won entered two-year mandatory military service last November 18, 2011 
Kang Dong Won
Dong Won start his military duty as public service officer on November 18, 2010 
Jung Kyungho
Actor Kyungho joined the army on November 30, 2010
Rapper outsider starts serving his mandatory military service last December 21, 2010 
Park Hyo Shin

Hyo Shin entered the military as an active duty soldier last December 21, 2010 
Just in case you missed them all, relive their unforgettable moments in their respective TV series, movie and listen to their songs all over again. You can download them all at www(dot)filebook(dot)com(dot)ph. 

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