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Famous Idols Who Would Be Discharged from the Military in 2017

By Carlo Rodriguez | December 28, 2016 04:28 AM EST

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If there is one thing about male k-pop idols that you should know about, it's that not even their fame can spare them from South Korea's mandatory military service. If you hadn't known already, South Korean law dictates that every male aged 18 to 35 regardless of position or stature is required to render two years of military service. This means that even with the most famous of stars, serving one's country is of the utmost importance.

It's sad when an idol leaves for his military service and two years can seem like an eternity but know that nothing is ever permanent. Sooner or later, two years will have passed and you will once again get to see your favorite idol. Speaking of returning idols, here are some of the idols who will be ending their military services this 2017 courtesy of Koreaboo.

JAEJOONG (JYJ)

While originally a member of the legendary boy group TVXQ, Kim Jaejoong formed the band JYJ along with his fellow TVXQ members and separatists Junsu and Yuchun. Jaejoong first enlisted on March 31, 2015 and is now in the military band after serving as an active duty soldier for 21 months. The singer-songwriter-actor is soon to be discharged on the 30th of December 2016.

YUNHO (TVXQ)

The leader of his squadron and recipient of the "Best Recruit" award, TVXQ's Yunho is set to be discharged on April 2017. During his military service, he was also given the rank of "Special Warrior," a title only 1% of land troops can bear and only after passing highly difficult physical and mental examinations. He has served for 21 months as an active soldier and is also now in the military band.

CHANGMIN (TVXQ)

Changmin and Super Junior's Siwon had enlisted on the same day and will be discharged sometime in 2017. Furthermore, the two are also serving as conscripted policemen alongside Donghae of Super Junior.

SHINDONG (SUPER JUNIOR)

ELFs definitely received a great Christmas present as Shindong has reportedly already been discharged earlier this month and what's amazing is that Super Junior's leader, Leeteuk, himself was the one who picked him up! Shindong enlisted on March 2015 and spent 21 months as an active-duty soldier. He is currently already filming for the KBS show "Battle Trip."

SUNGMIN (SUPER JUNIOR)

Sungmin enlisted on the same day as Jaejoong and he is therefore expected to be discharged on December 26, 2016. Sungmin was placed in the military band after his training and plays the saxophone.

EUNHYUK (SUPER JUNIOR)

Super Junior's Eunhyuk will be discharged in July 2017 and is currently in the military band playing the trumpet.

DONGHAE (SUPER JUNIOR)

Donghae enlisted back in October 2015 and is a conscripted policeman along with TVXQ's Changmin and fellow Super Junior Siwon. He is expected to finish his military service in July.

SIWON (SUPER JUNIOR)

Siwon also serves as a conscripted policeman with Donghae and TVXQ's Changmin. He is set to be discharged in August this year.

Since TVXQ and several of Super Junior's members will be discharged in 2017, SM Entertainment has been reported by Allkpop to be already planning the return of their 'Golden Lineup.'

Who's excited to see their favorite idols return to the limelight this coming 2017?

Tagged :  TVXQ, JYJ, Super Junior, military service, Sungmin, Changmin, Jaejoong, Donghae, Shindong, Siwon, Yunho, SM Entertainment, K-Pop

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