BTS to Complete Mandatory Military Service in South Korea
The group is set to make a comeback around 2025, following the completion of the service.
BIGHIT music just announced that K-pop band BTS will be moving forward with their mandatory military service in South Korea, staring with group member Jin.
News of the service comes not long after the group announced that they’d be going on an indefinite hiatus in order to pursue solo endeavors, with BTS set to reconvene as a group around 2025. Military service is mandatory for all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 28, with some exemptions made for athletes, traditional musicians and dancers.
Back in 2020, South Korea’s parliament based a bill which allowed K-pop stars (including BTS) to delay the upper age requirement to 30, but the band has since agreed to move forward with the service at an earlier date.
The official statement reads “The members of BTS are currently moving forward with plans to fulfill their military service. Group member Jin will initiate the process as soon as his schedule for his solo release is concluded at the end of October. He will then follow the enlistment procedure of the Korean government. Other members of the group plan to carry out their military service based on their own individual plans.” The company added, “Both the company and the members of BTS are looking forward to reconvening as a group again around 2025 following their service commitment.”
Little else is known about the movements of the remainder of BTS, but stay tuned for further updates.