Idols enlisting in the military might be a sad affair for fans, but it is still compulsory under South Korean law.
A huge amount of celebrities have enlisted in recent years, and now, it might be FTISLAND’s turn. In the showcase for their 10th anniversary album held yesterday (Wednesday, 7th June), the band informed fans about their possible conscription.
When questioned about the military, frontman Lee Hong Ki answered, “This is something that we’ve promised each other from before, so nothing has changed with the situation. The topic of enlisting is sensitive so we don’t really know how to talk about it, but we are thinking of enlisting together. We don’t think having someone stay behind will do anything good for us.”
He also assured fans that they are going to continue doing music together, regardless of the situation.
While maknae Choi Minhwan agreed with Lee Hong Ki’s thoughts, he jokingly said, “I’d like to enlist together, but I want us to be in separate barracks.”
Fit and able men in South Korea are required to enlist in the military once they hit 18 years old, which is the legal age in the country. However, the maximum age of conscription is 30 years old, and those who do not serve by then will face legal action.
Members Hong Ki and Choi Jong Hoon, who were born in 1990, are currently 27 years old while Min Hwan and Song Seung Hyun (born in 1992) are 25. Lee Jae Jin is the only one born in 1991, meaning he’s 26 this year. As such, if the members were to enlist together, they would have to do so before Hong Ki and Jong Hoon hits 30, which is in 2020.