BTS’s Jin, EXO’s Suho and more

As BTS star Jin’s shaved head for the army has gone viral, let’s take a look at similar images posted by other K-pop idols before their enlistment that left fans speechless. .

For the uninitiated, all able-bodied Korean men aged 18-30, including celebrities and K-pop stars, are required by law to serve in the military for 18-21 months, before which they have to have their hair shaved. .

It’s a big deal for a K-pop idol to shave their hair because it’s an important part of their visuals. Male idols are known to experiment with different hairstyles, from colorful bangs to undercuts with every comeback. Fashionable cuts are rare and reserved for special occasions in their lives, such as military enlistment.

Although the simple hairstyle is meant to eliminate the glamour, there’s no doubt that the stars still manage to look just as good, if not better, with the cut. This is an unranked list of some of the idols who have managed to create buzz.


From BTS’s Jin to EXO’s Suho, here are 10+ K-pop idols who look amazing in the military buzz

1) Jin from BTS

Kim Seok-jin aka Jin enlisted on December 12, 2022 and is expected to be back by June 12, 2024. (Image via Twitter/ @setiogi)
Kim Seok-jin aka Jin enlisted on December 12, 2022 and is expected to be back by June 12, 2024. (Image via Twitter/ @setiogi)

2) SHINee’s Taemin

Taemin signed up for active duty on May 31, 2021 but transitioned to public service in 2022 and is expected to be discharged next year.  (Image via Twitter/@SHINee)
Taemin signed up for active duty on May 31, 2021 but transitioned to public service in 2022 and is expected to be discharged next year. (Image via Twitter/@SHINee)

3) The key to SHINee

Kim Ki-bum aka Key shared his buzzcut image before his enlistment on March 4, 2019 and was discharged during COVID on October 7, 2020. (Image via Instagram/@bumkeyk)
Kim Ki-bum aka Key shared his buzzcut image before his enlistment on March 4, 2019 and was discharged during COVID on October 7, 2020. (Image via Instagram/@bumkeyk)

4) EXO’s Baekhyun

Baekhyun joined public service on May 6, 2021 and is expected to complete his service by February 2023. (Image via Twitter/@baektenarchive)
Baekhyun joined public service on May 6, 2021 and is expected to complete his service by February 2023. (Image via Twitter/@baektenarchive)

5) EXO’s Suho

EXO members discharged their leader Suho (center in black) to the military on May 14, 2020. He returned in February 2022. (Image via twitter/@kyungsoouldier)
EXO members discharged their leader Suho (center in black) to the military on May 14, 2020. He returned in February 2022. (Image via twitter/@kyungsoouldier)

6) EXO’s Xiumin

Xiumin was the first Exo member to start his service in May 2019. He was kicked out of his home during COVID in 2020. (Image Via Twitter/@kpopfan_121)
Xiumin was the first Exo member to start his service in May 2019. He was kicked out of his home during COVID in 2020. (Image Via Twitter/@kpopfan_121)

7) ASTRO’S GM

Myungjoon (MJ's real name) enlisted in the military band on May 9, 2022. He will be back by the second half of 2023. (Image via Twitter/@offclASTRO)
Myungjoon (MJ’s real name) enlisted in the military band on May 9, 2022. He will be back by the second half of 2023. (Image via Twitter/@offclASTRO)

8) MONSTA X Nude Show

Shownu started his service as a civil servant due to his pre-existing medical conditions in July 2022. He will complete his duties by April next year.  (Image via Twitter/@shownushi)
Shownu started his service as a civil servant due to his pre-existing medical conditions in July 2022. He will complete his duties by April next year. (Image via Twitter/@shownushi)

9) PENTAGON Hui

Pentagon chief Hui signed up as a social worker on Feb. 18, 2021, and finished a year and nine months later.  (Image via Twitter/@CUBE_PTG)
Pentagon chief Hui signed up as a social worker on Feb. 18, 2021, and finished a year and nine months later. (Image via Twitter/@CUBE_PTG)

10) Super Junior’s Eunhyuk

Eunhyuk was a member of the Military Band and donated money to a fund that supports band veterans.  He was released on July 12, 2017. (Image via Twitter/@Leenda0724) Image via Twitter/@JYHeffect)
Eunhyuk was a member of the Military Band and donated money to a fund that supports band veterans. He was released on July 12, 2017. (Image via Twitter/@Leenda0724) Image via Twitter/@JYHeffect)

11)CNBLUE’s Jung Yong-hwa

Jung Yong-hwa returned on November 3, 2019 after serving in the special forces during his military service.  He said the experience cured his insomnia.  (Image via Twitter/@JYHeffect)
Jung Yong-hwa returned on November 3, 2019 after serving in the special forces during his military service. He said the experience cured his insomnia. (Image via Twitter/@JYHeffect)

12) Rain

Superstar Rain aka JungJi-hoon was discharged from his post after 21 months of service in July 2013. He faced punishment for violating certain rules during his service.  (Image via npr.org)
Superstar Rain aka JungJi-hoon was discharged from his post after 21 months of service in July 2013. He faced punishment for violating certain rules during his service. (Image via npr.org)

13) J.Seph from KARD

J.seph (second from left) left for his service as an active duty soldier on October 5, 2020 and was discharged on April 4, 2022. (Image via Twitter/@KARD_Official)
J.seph (second from left) left for his service as an active duty soldier on October 5, 2020 and was discharged on April 4, 2022. (Image via Twitter/@KARD_Official)

14) BIGBANG’s Taeyang

Taeyang joined the military as an army soldier on March 12, 2018, and served in Gangwon Province.  During his time, he performed at the Infantry Division Anniversary festival.  (Image via Twitter/@WORLDMUSICAWARD)
Taeyang joined the military as an army soldier on March 12, 2018, and served in Gangwon Province. During his time, he performed at the Infantry Division Anniversary festival. (Image via Twitter/@WORLDMUSICAWARD)

15) The N of VIXX

Cha Hak-yeon aka N started his service on March 4, 2019 but was fired early on August 27, 2020 due to the pandemic.  (Image via Twitter/@balloon_wanted)
Cha Hak-yeon aka N started his service on March 4, 2019 but was fired early on August 27, 2020 due to the pandemic. (Image via Twitter/@balloon_wanted)

A trendy military-style cut might not be the easiest hairstyle to pull off, but K-pop idols are making it look like it’s part of their new concept. Fans often react emotionally to these images, pouring out their hearts and sending encouragement to the idols for their daunting journey ahead.

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