Cue more tears because Highlight is the next idol group to enlist in the military.
Highlight’s leader Yoon Dujun enlisted today (24th August), marking the first member of the group to bid temporary goodbye to fans. He will be joining BIGBANG Daesung, BTOB Eunkwang, and HALO Dino in the same military unit.
Around Us Entertainment surprised fans on Wednesday (22nd August) by announcing Dujun’s enlistment. The sudden decision came because he received his military draft notice.
With 2 days left before his mandatory conscription, Dujun had to spend his remaining days filming his current drama “Let’s Eat 3”. The drama has also been shortened from 16 episodes to 14 episodes, but production team confirmed that there was no change in plot.
His agency updated fans with more news, stating that Dujun enlisted as a training soldier in the 27th Infantry Division in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province this afternoon at 1pm KST (12pm Malaysian time). Dujun enlisted quietly without fanfare and was only accompanied by the Highlight members, his family, and Around Us Entertainment staff.
He will complete 5 weeks of basic training beginning today, then continue as an active duty soldier after that.
The statement from the label reads, “We thank fans and the public for sending us so much love and encouragements. We promise that Dujun will do his best in his duty to his country, then return to meet you all soon.”
Apart from the Highlight members, here’s a list of idols who need to conscript by this year.