BTS boy band to serve in the military, starting with Jin

The K-pop stars will reconvene in 2025.

BTS boy band to serve in the military, starting with Jin
Image credits: BBC

The world’s biggest boy band, BTS, will abandon their fandom “army” to join the South Korean military for national service.

This news ends years of dispute over whether K-pop stars might be exempted from military duties.

All able-bodied South Korean men aged 18-28 must serve for about two years.

BTS boy band to serve in the military, starting with Jin
Image credits: Billboard

South Korea includes compulsory military service mainly because it is still technically at war with its nuclear-armed neighbor, North Korea.

The BTS announced they would take a break, with some members pursuing individual projects.

“Both the company and the members of BTS are looking forward to reconvening as a group again around 2025 following their service commitment,” said their management company.

The band had previously won a deferral in 2020 when South Korea’s parliament passed a bill allowing the biggest K-pop stars to delay their duties until 30.

“There would be a way to give them a chance to practice and perform together,” said Lee Jong-sup, South Korea’s defense minister, discussing the band’s prospects where he indicated that the group could still perform while enlisted.

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