EXO member D.O. is set to be discharged from the military, following COVID-19 precautionary measures.
According to Soompi, EXO’s management SM Entertainment said that D.O is “on a final leave and will be discharged on January 25, 2021 without returning to the base.”
D.O. began his mandatory military service on July 1, 2019. He is the second of the 9-member K-pop group to complete his military stint, following the group’s eldest member, Xiumin.
The singer and actor already has a project lined up following his discharge, a film tentatively titled The Moon.
All able-bodied South Korean men are required to serve in the military for 18 months before they turn 30, with few exemptions.
On December 1, the South Korean parliament revised the military conscription law to allow a delay of two years before enlistment for entertainers who have received a government medal for raising the national profile.
K-pop superstars BTS qualify for the delay, with all 7 members having been awarded the distinction in 2018. – Rappler.com