SEVENTEEN's Jeonghan Jokes About Prison Time if He Skips Military Service

SEVENTEEN's Jeonghan surprised fans by announcing his upcoming military enlistment at a fan sign event, causing distress among fans. He later joked that if he didn't enlist, he'd go to prison, lightening the mood and showcasing his humor.

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SEVENTEEN's Jeonghan Jokes About Prison Time if He Skips Military Service

SEVENTEEN's Jeonghan Jokes About Prison Time if He Skips Military Service

SEVENTEEN's Jeonghan has gone viral for his humorous response to a fan's concern about his upcoming mandatory military enlistment. During a recent fan sign event on May 12, 2024, Jeonghan jokingly said that if he doesn't enlist, he'll go to prison. This lighthearted comment has put fans at ease and made them laugh, showcasing his ability to make light of a serious situation.

Why this matters: The debate around South Korea's military service requirements and exemptions has sparked controversy, with many questioning the fairness of the system. As the country reviews its supplementary military system, stories like Jeonghan's highlight the need for reform and the impact on individuals and society.

Jeonghan, who is set to enlist in the military later this year, surprised fans by mentioning his impending service while discussing the unique qualities of each SEVENTEEN member. His tone shifted to a more somber one as he said, "A little while later, I won't be around." He then directly addressed fans, saying, "Please, just a little while later, I won't be around, okay?" leaving little doubt that he was referring to his upcoming enlistment.

The revelation sent shockwaves through the SEVENTEEN fandom, with fans visibly distressed and scrambling to comprehend the sudden news. Even fellow member Seungkwan seemed taken aback by Jeonghan's unexpected disclosure. However, Jeonghan quickly lightened the mood with his now-viral comment. When a fan expressed sadness, saying, "Oppa, can't you not go?" Jeonghan replied, "No, no, I have to go. If I don't go, then I'd go to prison."

In South Korea, all able-bodied men are required to serve at least 18 months in the military as part of their national service. The country does have a supplementary military system that allows elite athletes and musicians to undergo a three-week training program if they win Olympic medals, gold at the Asian Games, or top prizes at prestigious classical music competitions. However, this system has been criticized for its perceived unfairness.

The Military Manpower Administration, under new commissioner Kim Jong-cheol, is planning to review the supplementary military system in its entirety and come up with improvement measures by the end of 2024. Kim has pledged to push for changes, citing concerns over the system's fairness and issues in securing military personnel due to the demographic cliff.

While fans may be sad to see Jeonghan go, they can only hope for his safety and successful completion of military service when the time arrives. Jeonghan's openness and willingness to talk about his enlistment has made the topic seem less taboo, and his humorous approach has brought some levity to a serious situation. As one of K-pop's most beloved idols prepares to serve his country, his fans will undoubtedly be counting down the days until his return.

Key Takeaways

  • SEVENTEEN's Jeonghan joked about going to prison if he doesn't enlist in the military.
  • Jeonghan is set to enlist in the military later this year, sparking fan concern.
  • South Korea's military service requirements and exemptions are under review for reform.
  • The country's supplementary military system has been criticized for its perceived unfairness.
  • Jeonghan's humorous approach has made the topic of military enlistment less taboo.