Military enlistment laws have changed in South Korea, meaning men can no longer delay until the age of 30.
Taking effect from August 1, 2018, the maximum age a Korean male can delay mandatory service has been cut down by two years, with the maximum age being 28.
Korean males 28 and older can no longer delay enlistment for reasons such as graduate school, a sibling also being in the military or being an ambassador for promotions.
There also international travel limitations for men aged 25-27. They are only permitted five international journeys, with each being a maximum of 6 months.
For male idols, this means those born in 1989 and 1990 have to enlist this year. This will include artists such as SHINee's Onew, BIGBANG's Seungri, EXO's Xiumin, B.A.P's Yongguk and BtoB's Eunkwang, the latter of which is enlisting later this month.
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