Popular K-pop band stars, BTS has announced plan to serve mandatory Korean military service.
This was made known to the public by the band’s label and management company, Big Hit on Monday.
According to the management, BTS plan to come back together as a group in 2025 after their compulsory military service.
“Since the creation of BTS over ten years ago, the band has risen to international success, broken records, and catapulted K-Pop into the global stratosphere,” Big Hit’s statement reads in part.
“BIGHIT MUSIC has focused to the milestone moment when it would be possible to respect the needs of the country and for these healthy young men to serve with their countrymen, and that’s now.
“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.
“Both the company and the members of BTS are looking forward to reconvening as a group again around 2025 following their service commitment.
“With the release of their first anthology album earlier this year, it opened the path to allow the members to take some time to explore individual projects.
“As part of the HYBE family, we support and encourage our artists and are beyond proud that they will each now have time to explore their unique interests and do their duty by being of service to the country they call home.”
Who is BTS?
Formerly BTS means Bulletproof Boyscoucts in korean but they have recently changes their english name to Beyond the Scene.
And BTS is a seven-member K-pop group that has become a global sensation.
They were originally discovered in 2010 and released their first album in 2013.
The group made up of seven members – Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook – who come from all over South Korea.
BTS fans call themselves A.R.M.Y., which stands for “Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth.”
Conscription in South Korean
According to Wikipedia, the conscription in South Korean has existed since 1957 and requires male citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 to perform compulsory military service.
Under South Korean law, all able-bodied men are expected to serve 18 to 21 months in the military to defend against the threat from the country’s nuclear-armed neighbor, North Korea.
But the law allows for special exemptions for some, including athletes, musicians and others.
However, women are not required to perform military service, but they may voluntarily join the military.