In South Korea, all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 28 are required to 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 one law that many devoted Hallyu fans love to hate: the Conscription or military enlistment law that has been around since 1957.

It requires all male citizens between ages 18 and 28 to perform military services for the country, this means that depending on the branch of the military they are in, Korea's male stars will be out of sight for a long period of time. Typically, men assigned under the Army and Marine will have to perform their duties for 21 months, those who are assigned in the Navy will serve for 23 months, while those in the Air Force will serve for 24 months. 

Listed in this article are 10 of our favourite stars who went inside military camps to serve the country.

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1. Song Joong-ki

Name: Song Joong-ki

Military Enlistment: 2013-2015

Known For: His performances in Descendants of The Sun (DOTS), Vincenzo, and Sungkyungkwan Scandal.

Did you know? In a 2015 editorial of the Kookbang Daily, a newspaper published by South Korea's Defense Media Agency, Joong-ki revealed that he was afraid that his celebrity status would be "viewed differently" by his comrades. The DOTS star disclosed that an unnamed commander had given him a piece of advice that made him sweep his fears away.

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

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2. Lee Min-ho

Name: Lee Min-ho

Military Enlistment: 2017-2019

Known For: His performances in The King: Eternal Monarch, The Heirs, Boys Over Flowers, and Legend of the Blue Sea.

Did you know? Min-ho received level six at a pre-enlistment physical examination due to the injuries he sustained in previous car accidents. One in 2006, with his friend Jung Il-woo, and again in 2011, while filming City Hunter.

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3. Gong Yoo

Name: Gong Ji-cheol / Gong Yoo

Military Enlistment: 2008-2009

Known For: His performances in Train to Busan, Guardian: The Lonely And Great God, and Coffee Prince.

Did you know? During his service, the actor did active front-line duty at 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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4. Lee Jong-suk

Name: Lee Jong-suk

Military Enlistment: 2019-2021

Known For: His roles in While You Were Sleeping, Prosecutor Princess, Pinocchio, Doctor Stranger, and I Can Hear Your Voice.

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

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5. Kim Soo-hyun

Name: Kim Soo-hyun

Military Enlistment: 2017-2019

Known For: His roles in It's Okay To Not Be Okay, My Love From Another Star, Moon Embracing The Sun and Dream High.

Did you know? Soo-hyun has attributed some of his emotional maturity to the time he spent in the military. “Before then, I felt like I was responsible for doing a certain amount, and I had this greed to make myself stand out with my acting in each scene. But after I was discharged, I learned how to fit in with the overall scheme. The environment of broadcasting is such that one person can’t fill the whole space. It’s only when you acknowledge others and blend in that you and your partner can shine," the star said in an interview. 

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6. Hyun Bin

Name: Kim Tae-pyung / Hyun Bin

Military Enlistment: 2011-2012

Known For: His roles in It's Crash Landing On You, Hyde Jekyll, Me, and Secret Garden

Did you know? Hyun Bin was assigned to the marines during his stay in the military. The heartthrob was recognised as an "exemplary soldier" for being able to accomplish heavy military duties

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7. Park Seo-joon

Name: Park Seo-joon

Military Enlistment: 2008-2010

Known For: His performances 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 19 years old when he just finished high school. He started his acting career after he was discharged in 2010.

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8. Woo Do-hwan

Name: Woo Do-hwan

Military Enlistment: 2020-present time

Known For: His performances in The King Eternal Monarch, My Country: The New Age, Mad Dog, and Sweet Stranger and Me.

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

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9. Kim Hyun-joong

Name: Kim Hyun-joong

Military Enlistment: 2015-2017

Known For: His roles in Playful Kiss, Boys Over 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 as a border patrol in the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

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10. Jo In-sung

Name: Jo In-sung

Military Enlistment: 2009-2011

Known For: His performances in What Happened in Bali, That Winter, the Wind Blows, and It's Okay, That's Love.

Did you know? The actor reportedly joined the Air Force to follow the footsteps of his father who earlier served as a non-commissioned officer.

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