Lee Jong-suk

Lee Jong-suk | Before & After The Military Service

Lee Jong-suk is a 33-year-old South Korean actor & model who has been in the Korean Entertainment industry for 18 years. He held a fan meeting on 17 August 2018 to convey the message of his leaving for the military. Fans were heartbroken and were in tears as they saw him leave. 

Lee Jong-suk served in the Military as required for 21 months from March 2019 to January 2021

Let’s have a look at his updates after returning from the Military. 

Career Life & Updates After Military

On the evening of January 2, Lee Jong Suk shared two black & white photos with the caption “I’ve come back,” dressed casually. 

After he returned from the Military, he announced his appearance in a cameo role in the movie “The Witch: Part 2. The Other One”. In 2022, he appeared in the main cast of the movie “Decibel” and in the leading role of the K-Drama “Big Mouth.” 

Lee Jong-suk Military Enlistment

At 30, Lee Jong-suk enlisted in the military nearly 14 years after his debut. However, he was unable to serve as an active-duty soldier due to a ruptured ligament he suffered during a car accident at the age of 16.

Place of ServicePublic Service
Position heldPublic Service officer

Why should all men in South Korea serve in the Military?

Conscription, under the Constitution of South Korea, states that it is mandatory for all male citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 years to serve in the Military. The duration of the service differs according to the military branch they serve. Usually, Active soldiers serve for a period of 18 months, Navy soldiers for 20 months, and Air force soldiers for 21 months

Male citizens between the above age range go through an ‘Impairment and Disability evaluation’ before enlisting in the “first citizen service” mandate. 

The actor Lee Jong-suk also had to serve as required despite having some breakthrough moments as an artist in the entertainment industry.   

Family & Relationships

On 31 December 2022, Lee’s agency confirmed his relationship with the singer and actress IU. The agency on IU’s side confirmed the couple’s relationship as well. 

FatherLee Han-Kyu
SiblingsYounger brother and sister
Girlfriend/SpouseIU (Singer, Actress)
Children N/A

Lee Jong-suk Biography

NameLee Jong Suk 
NationalitySouth Korean
Date of BirthSeptember 14, 1989
Birth PlaceYongin, Gyeonggi-do Province, South Korea
Age (As of March 2023)33
EducationKonkuk University, Yangjae High School
Height186 cm
Weight65 Kg
Marital StatusIn a relationship

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  1. How long did Lee Jong-suk serve in the Military?

Lee Jong-suk served in the military for nearly 21 months, from 8 March 2019 to 2 January 2021. 

  1. When did Lee Jong-suk enlist in the Military? 

He enlisted in the military on the 8 March 2019, and was 30 years old at the time. 

  1. When was Lee Jong-suk discharged from the Military? 

He was discharged on 31 December 2020 from service. 

  1. How old is Lee Jong-suk?

Lee Jong-suk is 33 years old as of March 2023. 

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