With the news that Lee Min Ki is leaving for military service and that Super Junior's Leeteuk has returned, it's a great reminder that when our favorite stars enlist, they aren't gone forever. In fact, sometimes those stars return with an added air of maturity and charisma. To see how military service treats K-drama actors, here are 8 hot stars before, during, and after their military service:

1. Hyun Bin

Before (in his last pre-enlistment drama, Secret Garden)

During:

After:

Instead of enlisting in the celebrity soldier division (which no longer exists), Hyun Bin went all-out, enlisting as a Marine. That training probably came in handy for his first post-enlistment movie, The Fatal Encounter:


2. Lee Joon Ki

Before:

During (Awww, he looks like a cute little kid!):

After:

Although military service cost him the lead in Faith, it allowed him to blossom from a pretty flower boy into a handsome man. Even he has said that he likes the way he looks as he ages.


3. Gong Yoo

Before (in his Coffee Prince days)

During:

After:

Not that different, but he does look more mature in his post-military days.


4. Kim Nam Gil

Before (In Bad Guy, which they had to use body doubles to finish because he left before filming was over.)

During:

After:

The most shocking part here is probably seeing Kim Nam Gil without his signature revenge 'stache.


5. So Ji Sub

Before (in What Happened in Bali)

During:

After (in his comeback movie Rough Cut):

One thing is for sure: So Ji Sub benefited from changing wardrobe styles during his military years.


6. Rain

Before (in Runaway: Plan B)

During:

After:

Yes, Rain, you ARE 30 sexy.


7. Jo In Sung

Before:

During:

After:

Jo In Sung's time in the Air Force helped make his already pretty face even manlier.


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8. Ji Hyun Woo

Before:

During:

After (in his comeback drama, the currently airing Trot Lovers):


Which actors had the most drastic change? Who seemed to benefit most from their military service? Comment below!


Vivi is an unapologetic Korean drama addict and blogger. She blogs with her K-drama best friend Coco at Kdrama Fighting! She also likes to bring her commentary to the DramaFever crowd.

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