BTaeyang and Daesung of the K-pop legend BIGBANG joined the army this week. Seungri says he plans to enlist this year. T.O.P, the oldest member, has been gone for a year. When is he coming back?! Here is everything you were curious about the BIGBANG members’ enlistments, discharge dates and more.
T.O.P: Feb. 9, 2017
G-Dragon: Feb. 27, 2018
Taeyang: March 12, 2018
Daesung: March 13, 2018
Seungri will enlist sometime this year after releasing his third solo album. He wants to enlist soon to “minimize [BIGBANG’s] time off.”
Estimated Discharge Dates
Korean men serve in the army for approximately 21 months, which means BIGBANG too will be gone for about two years.
T.O.P: June 2019
G-Dragon: Nov. 26, 2019
Taeyang: Dec. 11, 2019
Daesung: Dec. 12, 2019
It may seem like T.O.P is serving longer than the others, but that’s because of the marijuana case he was involved in the summer of 2017.
On June 1, 2017, TV news program Channel A exclusively reported that the police is investigating T.O.P for marijuana use. Four days later, the police indicted T.O.P. On June 9, the police discharged him of the police officer duty (in lieu of joining the army), which put a temporary hold on his military service. T.O.P received 10 months of suspended imprisonment and two years of probation on June 29.
On Jan. 26, 2018, T.O.P resumed his military service as a civil service officer in the Yongsan City Hall.
The earliest date BIGBANG will reunite as a whole would be 2019. 2019 might seem so far away from now, but it’s okay. BIGBANG has been with us for 12 years, so a 2-year gap shouldn’t feel that long.
On Daesung’s enlistment day, BIGBANG shared Flower Road, their last official track for now. Back in 2016, G-Dragon had composed and he and T.O.P had written Flower Road as part of their MADE album. I’m sure the BIGBANG members imagined a gleeful reunion with the fans while recording this song. This song reminds me of a fine spring day with the flowers in full bloom.
Best of luck to you in the military, T.O.P, G-Dragon, Taeyang and Daesung!
Cover photo courtesy of YG Family
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