Shinee’s Taemin Changes His NS Role from The Military Band to Public Service Worker Due to Worsening Mental Condition


Taemin, a member of K-Pop boy bands Shinee and SuperM, has been transferred from military band to public service while serving South Korea’s version of NS.

This is due to his worsening depression and anxiety.

Here’s what we know so far.

“Impossible” For Him To Continue Military Life and Treatment Simultaneously

All Korean men, similar to Singapore’s NS, have to complete their mandatory military service. Their military service lasts up to 21 months.

Taemin’s label, SM Entertainment, stated that Taemin has been suffering from depression and anxiety even before he enlisted in May 2021. He continued to receive treatment and therapy for his mental health even during his mandatory military service.

However, due to worsening symptoms, the military has deemed it “impossible” for Taemin to continue military life and treatment together. He was thus transferred to public service instead, where he can better balance serving his nation and taking care of his mental health.

Support From His Fellow Military Mates

The Military Manpower Administration uploaded a video of Taemin, who shared that he was adjusting well and had even put on 10kg.

However, with the news of his transfer and worsening mental health, it seems like that was the full truth.

Hearteningly, those who had served with him have stepped up to defend Taemin, asking the public for their support instead of criticism.

They said that they witnessed his nightmares and him taking pills on a daily basis. Even as Taemin was struggling, he would still treat his batchmates brightly and often encouraged them like an older brother would.

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A member of the military who worked hard in every training session, the enlistees alleged that Taemin was worried that people will gossip if he transferred out.

Shinee has continued with its four remaining members after the suicide of Jonghyun, who had struggled with depression, in December 2017. Meanwhile, SuperM is still active without Baekhyun and Taemin, who are currently serving their nation.

We all hope that Taemin will receive the support and help he needs to get better!

If you feel like you’re suffering from mental health conditions, do seek help at these hotlines and online resources. Remember that it is okay and important to seek help when you need it!

  • Institute of Mental Health’s Mental Health Helpline: 6389-2222 (24 hours)
  •  Samaritans of Singapore: 1800-221-4444 (24 hours) /1-767 (24 hours)
  • Singapore Association for Mental Health:1800-283-7019
  • Silver Ribbon Singapore:6386-1928
  • Tinkle Friend: 1800-274-4788 and
  • Community Health Assessment Team: 6493-6500 and

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Featured Image: YouTube (Military Manpower Administration) and SM Entertainment