4 More Members of BTS to Begin Mandatory South Korean Military Service
Four more members of the K-pop supergroup BTS are set to begin their mandatory military service in South Korea soon.
Enlistment Dates for Four BTS Members
Big Hit Music, the management agency for BTS, has announced that four more members of the group will be starting their mandatory military duties in South Korea. The starting dates for their enlistment have not been disclosed, but it has been reported that RM and V will begin on December 11, while Jimin and Jung Kook will enlist together on December 12.
There will be no official events on the day of their entrance to military bases, and fans have been advised by Big Hit Music to refrain from visiting the sites to avoid any potential crowding issues.
Other BTS Members Already Serving
Three other members of BTS, Jin, J-Hope, and Suga, have already started their military duties. Jin and J-Hope are currently performing active service in the army, while Suga is serving as a social service agent, which is an alternative form of military service in South Korea.
In South Korea, all able-bodied men are required to serve approximately 18-21 months in the military as part of a conscription system established to maintain readiness against potential threats from North Korea.
Exemptions and Future Plans
Last year, there was a debate over whether BTS members should be exempt from their military duties, but Big Hit Music confirmed that all seven members would fulfill their obligations. The agency stated that both the company and the BTS members are looking forward to reuniting as a group around 2025 after completing their service commitment.
Under South Korean law, exemptions from military service are granted to athletes, classical and traditional musicians, ballet dancers, and other performers who have enhanced the country's prestige. However, K-pop singers are not eligible for these exemptions.