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Updated : January 09 2017

This year will see the return of K-pop idols as they complete their military service. Kim Hyun-joong of SS501 will be discharged on Feb. 11 while his bandmate Park Jung-min will leave the army on Jul. 1.

Both members of TVXQ will be discharged in 2017 -- Yunho on April 20 and Changmin on Aug. 18. Their ex-member, Yoochun of JYJ is also expected to leave the army on Aug. 26.

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(Instagram account of @seoul_police)
Eunhyuk, Donghae, and Siwon of Super Junior will be discharged on July 12, July 14, and Aug. 18, respectively.

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(Army Training Center)
Lee Seung-gi, who joined the army with the single “I‘m Going to the Military,” will be discharged on Oct. 31.

Popular drama stars to bid farewell

Stars born between 1986 and 1988 will swap their celebrity lifestyle to fulfill their military duty this year. Some of the most beloved actors, including Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Min-ho, and Jang Keun-suk will start their mandatory service.

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Joo Won (Huayi Brothers) / Seo In-guk (Jellyfish Entertainment) / Ji Chang-wook (AMH via Glorious Entertainment)
Joo Won, Seo In-guk, and Ji Chang-wook showed their intention to join the army this year.

Born in 1986, Yoo Ah-in will need to get a re-examined in March to decide whether he will enter on active duty or reservist duty.

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(YG Entertainment)
This year will see K-pop stars Junsu of JYJ and T.O.P of Big Bang enter the police force on Feb. 9. Kim Hyung-jun of SS501 will join them, though the exact date has not been settled yet.

In a recent press conference, Kyuhyun of Super Junior said he will enlist this year as the last one in the group. Born in 1988, G-Dragon of Big Bang may also join T.O.P.

By Kim So-yeon (syk19372@heraldcorp.com)

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