In South Korea, male citizens from ages 18 to 35 are required to perform mandatory military service. Although the mandatory military service period has decreased over the years, healthy, able-bodied Korean men must serve their country for around 18 months.
Korean male idols are no exemption from this military service as they are required to enlist before they pass the age of 30. Therefore, fans have no choice but to briefly part ways with their beloved idols. Luckily, fans only need to wait an average of a year and a half for their favorite idols to return.
In 2023, many male idols are making their return as well, and they have gotten fans excited!
VICTON - Han Seung Woo: January 27
EXO - Baekhyun: February 05
SHINee - Taemin: April 4
DAY6 - Young K: April 1
MONSTA X - Shownu: April 21
IMFACT - Tae Ho: June 13
ONF - MK: June 20
ONF - J-US: June 26
ONF - Wyatt: June 26
ONF - E-Tion: June 27
ONF - Hyojin: June 27
DAY6 - Dowoon: July 16
KNK - Jeong In Seong: August 07
B1A4 - Sandeul: August 10
SF9 - In Seong: September 20
Block B - P.O.: September 27
SF9 - Young Bin: September 28
Golden Child - Lee Dae Yeol: September 28
A.C.E - Kim Byeongkwan: October 10
ASTRO - MJ: November 08
DAY6 - Wonpil: November 27
Male idol groups that complete their military hiatus in 2023
Fans commented, "Baekhyun is coming back soon!" "I really want them to make a comeback fast," "I was waiting so long for Baekyun," "I am waiting for DAY6," "Taemin, I am waiting," "I'm most excited for Taemin and Baekhyun," "ONF will all be back soon," "There is only about a month left for Baekhyun," "I'm so happy Seungwoo is coming back!" and "Baekhyun! please comeback as soon as you're discharged!"