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F.T. Island Planning to Serve Their Military Conscription Together



Industry sources recently reported that F.T. Island is preparing for their mandatory military enlistment. But not in the way that many would expect. Instead, they are working out a way to have all the members serve their time in the military at the same time.

The group is considering a plan to join the army two-by-two, with the last member joining around the same time. This two-by-two method is part of the joint enlistment system that allows people to serve in the military with close friends or colleagues. Together, they receive training and live in the same unite until they are discharged.

Apparently, the reason why the group is considering joining together is to minimize the time not as a full group. Unlike dance groups that have a large number of members like Super Junior, F.T. Island not having a member is devasting. Further, it is not easy for them to keep up with its music activities if even one member is missing.

Moreover, the group is anticipating entering the army next year at the latest. Choi Jong-hoon and Lee Hong-gi were born in 1990, Lee Jae-jin was born the year after in 1991, while Song Seung-hyun and Choi Min-hwan were born in 1992. Meaning that they are all in the prime age to enter the military as entertainers.

Mandatory military enlistment is a concern of boy groups, who all eventually have to serve if they are Korean citizens. Since it can significantly impact the activities and popularity of the groups, planned enlistments are not surprising. In addition to F.T. Island, Highlight is also rumored to plan joint enlistment. With this in mind, it would not be unexpected if other groups are also interested in serving simultaneously.



sources: KPopLove via Naver
nekokonneko 25th-Feb-2018 01:02 am (UTC)
Ah so SK has a pals system in place. I wonder if this is what hyukoh will do as well.
horichansenpai 25th-Feb-2018 01:11 am (UTC)

Known their enlistment plans for ages, still hurts to read all the news coverage though


I hope they're prerecording music to release while they're away, 2 years of no fti songs is unthinkable

anonymous_loljk 25th-Feb-2018 03:05 am (UTC)
Mte. They always mentioned that they want to enlist together since years ago, so i guess it'd be nice if they would be able to do it after all.
sparkb 25th-Feb-2018 02:05 am (UTC)
Kinda wish my bias(es) group will do this but their company prob wont let them lol
sra_interesante 25th-Feb-2018 03:54 am (UTC)
this alway sounded like the best idea for boybands to enlist but groups never did it ....

ftisland guys manage to do things in their own way tho, i bet if someone can make it work ... its gonna be them
msgrottesca 25th-Feb-2018 08:44 am (UTC)
we love a man who knocks up his child bride and then immediately goes into the military!



That aside, I've always thought groups remotely close in age should do this - in a group with a huge age span it would be a bad move but when everyone is within 2 or 3 years of serving soon anyway, may as well do it together.
rainstormraider 26th-Feb-2018 04:26 am (UTC)
"we love a man who knocks up his child bride and then immediately goes into the military!"

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?
horichansenpai 26th-Feb-2018 06:35 am (UTC)

Minhwan and Yulhee (ex-Laboum member) are gonna marry some point this year https://omonatheydidnt.livejournal.com/21733453.html and some people no likey bc she's a 97er


Some media reports said she's pregnant but he didn't mention anything in his announcement and last thing Global H Media and fnc said was "idk anything"/"we'll check up on that" so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I think he hinted at the marriage too early for it to be a shotgun but whether she's pregnant at all or not is up in the air atm



Edited at 2018-02-26 06:37 am (UTC)
rainstormraider 26th-Feb-2018 01:16 pm (UTC)
Omg. Wow.
goshipgurl 25th-Feb-2018 09:09 am (UTC)
highlight said that they're thinking about doing the same, cute
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