Korea's mandatory military enlistment can no longer be delayed to the age 30.
A new military service law is taking effect this month. Starting from August 1, 2018, the maximum age that a Korean male can delay his mandatory service has been cut down from the age of 30 to 28.
Korean males 28 and older can no longer delay enlistment for the reasons of graduate school, overlap in enlistment period with a sibling, study for public certification, and ambassador promotions.
Limitation in travel is also being put into effect. Korean males in the age range of 25-27 are only permitted five international travels, each travel with s maximum traveling period of 6 months.
In K-entertainment, this means male celebrities born in the year 1989 and 1990 must enlist this year. Some idol stars who fall in this category include SHINee's Onew, BTOB's Eunkwang, Highlight's Doojoon, Junhyung, Yoseob, Kikwang, EXO's Xiumin, and Big Bang's Seungri.
Stay tuned for updates on these new effects.