Yes, Chanyeol has enlisted for military service. But let’s not be sad since he will be back soon. For those who are new to K-pop and K-world, let me introduce Chanyeol first. And those who know him enjoy going through the introduction. Well, Chanyeol is a member of EXO, a Chinese-South Korean boy band formed by SM Entertainment. In a debut period, Suho, Kai, Chanyeol, Sehun, D.O., and Baekhyun were trainees for the debut of the group EXO-K. Likewise, Kris, Lay, Xiumin, Luhan, and Tao were also trainees for the debut of the second group of EXO, i.e., EXO-M. After that, both the groups debuted on 8th April 2012 and officially announced their fandom name- EXO-L.
Well, there is quite a deep meaning behind the name of the group and the fandom name. Here, EXO denotes EXOPLANET, which simply means that the planet outside our solar system. In short, EXO wants their songs to reach out of this planet. Also, they stand among the best names in the Korean Pop Music Industry. Furthermore, the ‘K’in EXO-K stands for Korean, the ‘M’ in EXO-M stands for Mandarin (Chinese), and the ‘L’ in EXO-L stands for Love. The ‘K, L, and M’ is the sequence in alphabets, and L connects the other two letters. To sum up, both the groups have a connection of Love with their fans which is EXO-L all over the world. Also, EXO’s slogan is ‘We Are One,’ which denotes that all the versions of the group EXO, including EXO-L, are all one. Well, that is all with the introduction.
Why do K-pop Idols go to the Military?
As the news is already across the world that Chanyeol is going to serve in the military. And EXO-L is sad and concerned after hearing this news. To explain it a bit more, every man in South Korea has to serve in the military after turning 18 (according to Korean age). However, it is not mandatory for South Korean women to serve in the military, but they can still enlist their name if they want to. For men, enlistment can be done anytime between the age of 18 to 28 years. However, the law has recently changed for K-pop idols and actors. Now, they can delay their military service to some extent. But there is a law in South Korea that the military service will have to go to jail if one objects. Moreover, the service period differs for everyone and depends on various factors.
Chanyeol Military Enlistment Date
So, the same goes with Chanyeol. To be more specific, SM Entertainment announced the enlistment news around the February end. They explained that Chanyeol would serve as an active-duty soldier starting from 29th March. Moreover, this news was all over the media right after Chanyeol’s letter to EXO-L, which was posted on EXO’s fan community. In the letter, Chanyeol apologized for the concern caused because of his recent scandal and expressed his gratitude for supporting him. Also, he took to Instagram and shared his picture wearing a white mask, a black outfit, and Doh Kyung’s (D.O.) watch. Further, he captioned the post as ‘Goodbye’ with the hashtag of ‘Doh Kyung’s Watch.’ This picture is saddening in the hearts of EXO-L as it is the last picture of Chanyeol before leaving for military service.
When will Chanyeol return from the military?
Although Chanyeol is leaving for his military service and EXO-L is already missing him. According to SM, Chanyeol’s discharge estimation from the military is in September 2022. Also, his last song is something he is leaving behind for EXO-L. Until Chanyeol’s return, EXO-L can hear his upcoming song to overcome his absence. The song holds a special significance since Chanyeol himself took part in writing the lyrics of his upcoming song ‘Tomorrow.’ The song will be released on 6th April 2021 at 18:00 KST.
CHANYEOL’s SM STATION song ‘Tomorrow’, which CHANYEOL himself participated in writing the lyrics of, to be released on 4/6 6PM KST!
A minimal acoustic pop song that conveys his honest thoughts about the future!#찬열 #CHANYEOL#엑소 #EXO #weareoneEXO#Tomorrow
— EXO (@weareoneEXO) April 4, 2021
Since Chanyeol is the fifth member after D.O., Xiumin, Suho, and Chen for the military service and is enlisted on 29th March, he will initially receive four weeks of training starting from the date. Moreover, his location and timing will be kept private for safety and comfort. So, let’s wish health and luck to Chanyeol without being sad. EXO-L Fighting!