Onew (Lee Jin-ki) | Before & After The Military Service

Onew is a 33-year-old  Korean actor and singer who has been in the Korean Entertainment industry for 15 Years in the industry. He couldn’t hold a fan meeting before leaving for the military, but a heartfelt photograph of the band members was posted on SHINEE’s official Instagram account to bid farewell. Fans were heartbroken by the announcement of his enlistment. 

Onew served in the Military as required for 18 Months of service from December 2018 to July 2020.

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

Career Life & Updates After Military

A press conference was held to welcome the singer after the military. However, he posted a handwritten letter on SHINEE’s official page saying, “SHINee World! How have you been? This is SHINee’s leader Onew. Thank you for waiting for me while I was serving in the military. Let’s try to meet more often! Let’s have fun and sing together for a long time! Thank you!.”

After the Military, Onew announced being a part of the variety show “Sea of hope,” followed by the main role in the musical theatre “Midnight Sun” He made a comeback to his singing career with the albums “Life goes on” and “Circle. ”

Onew Military Enlistment

At 28, Onew enlisted in the military nearly 10 years after his debut. 

Place of Servicemilitary musical Shinheung Military Academy
Position heldmember of a military band

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 singer and actor Onew also had to serve as required despite having some breakthrough moments as an artist in the entertainment industry.   

Family & Relationships

Children No

Onew Biography

NameLee Jin-ki (Onew)
ProfessionActor/ Singer
Date of BirthDecember 14, 1989
Birth PlaceGwangmyeong, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Age (As of March 2023)33 Years
EducationChungwoon University
Marital StatusSingle

Social media

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How long did Onew serve in the Military?

Onew served in the military for nearly 18 months, from December 2018 to July 2020. 

When did Onew enlist in the Military? 

He enlisted in the military in December 2018 and was 28 years old at the time. 

When was Onew discharged from the Military? 

He was discharged in July 2020  from service in the military musical Shinheung Military Academy.

How old is Onew?

Onew is 33 years old as of March 2023. 

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