Korean law requires every male to serve in the military for at least 24 months. Yes, that means one of EXO’s frontmen, Baekhyun, will have to as well.
Because the government requires every male from the age of 18 to 28 to enlist in the military, and Baekhyun turned 28 just this year.
When will he go for his military service? Find out here.
Hammed Animashaun Quick Facts
Birthday: May 6, 1992
Birthplace: Wonmi-gu, Bucheon, South Korea
Age: 29 years old
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Height: 5 feet 8 inches
Relationship Status: Single
What Is Baekhyun’s Age? How Old Is He?
The 9th member of Exo, the South Korean band, Baekhyun was born on May 6, 1992, in Wonmi-gu, Bucheon, South Korea.
His real name is Byun Baek-hyun.
He is 29 years old in 2020.
“Bae,” the name most fans like to call him, most recently celebrated his 29th birthday. While he’s getting mature, which is a really good thing, there’s something of bad news for his worldwide fans.
Baekhyun will soon be leaving EXO temporarily to join the South Korean Military.
Why Baekhyun Has To Join the Military?
Thanks to the conscription in South Korean in the South Korean Constitution, every able man between the age of 18 to 24 has to enroll in South Korean’s armed forces.
While it’s compulsory for males to join, it remains optional for women. They may or may not choose to serve in the military.
Conscription, according to the dictionary, means,
compulsory enlistment for state service, typically into the armed forces.
The law, however, isn’t strict in terms of beginning the service. In other words, any able male South Korean has the choice of enrolling for service between the age of 18 and 28.
Meaning, one can enlist at the age of 18, 25, or even at the age of 29, according to convenience.
Now, in that regard, Baekhyun is 29 years old in 2020, and that means before he turns 29, he has to enlist in the military.
It’s pretty common for idols/actors like Baekhyun to wait till they are in their late 20s because joining the military early might result in career disruption.
Can Baekhyun opt From Military Service?
The short and simple answer to this question is no.
“Bae” cannot opt from military service, not unless he’s okay with jail time.
Yes, the South Korean law clearly dictates that objection to military enlistment, may it be for any reason, is strictly not allowed.
Doing so might even lead to facing jail-time.
The only circumstances where a person may be exempted from active military service is if they have represented their country on an international level and have brought honor to the country.
For example, South Korean government exempted the famous Tottenham Spurs player who helped South Korea win the gold medal in Asian Games football from active duty.
Moreover, the law may also exempt any individual with a critical health conditions.
Those who have moderate health conditions may be exempted from direct active duty but have to complete military service through non-active duty like social work or government work.
Since Baekhyun has not represented South Korea in any kind of international competitions like the Olympics or Asian Games, he has to complete his military service.
When Will He Join The Military?
Since the South Korean singer is already 29 years old, he does not have much time remaining.
According to some sources, “Bae” has to enroll for military service at the start of 2021, before he turns 29 years old.
That means Baekhyun has to enlist for the military before his 29th birthday on May 6, 2021.
When Will Baekhyun Return From Military?
The standard duration of conscription or compulsory military service in South Korea is a minimum of 21 months.
However, it may differ according to the service branch form of service.
Inactive service, Army, and Marines, the duration of service are 21 months. On the other hand, Navy and Airforce personnel have to serve for 23 and 24 months, respectively.
Non-active service spans from 24 months to 36 months, depending on branch and service type.
Since Baekhyun will likely join the army, fans can expect him to return from military service at the end of 2022.
Baekhyun is 29 years old. He was born on May 6, 1992, in Wonmi-gu, Bucheon, South Korea.
The 29 years old singer Baekhyun is 5 feet 8 inches tall in height.
Baekhyun will join the military at the beginning of 2021.
Baekhyun will return from the military at the end of 2022.
The EXO member Baekhyun has a net worth of $8 million in 2020.