Another Super Junior boy is headed to the army. Yesung begins two years of mandatory military service on May 6, a rep for the band confirms.
The 28-year-old will spend one month at a training camp before starting his position as a public service worker for the remaining period.
The singer had already hinted to fans that he would be leaving during their March 24 Super Show 5 concert in Seoul. "For five years, I was a trainee... I have been a member of Super Junior for eight years," he said. "I'm grateful for your love. I forgot how special it is to perform live. I just realized how much it means to me. While I'm away, please take care of the Super Junior members and don't forget me."
What are his plans before reporting for duty? Yesung (real name Kim Jong Woon) won't be at the band's South American tour dates later this month, but will continue other scheduled activities closer to home. He plans to publicly bid farewell to Elfs (their fan group) on the day he enlists.
Last year saw bandmate Leeteuk, 29, leave for military service in October and Kangin, 28, return from his stint in August. Heechul, 29, who enlisted in September 2011, will return to the group this fall.