BTS & ARMY forever. With the news of BTS’ military service, many ARMY are asking: When will the rest of BTS do their Korean military service?
On October 17, 2022, BTS’ label Big Hit Entertainment announced that the oldest member Jin will enlist in the military via the fan platform Weverse and their official social media platforms. The statement said, “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.”
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Bangtan Sonyeondan, better known as BTS or The Bangtan Boys, was formed in 2013 with members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. The boyband captured the heart of millions with their fanbase affectionately called ARMY, which stands for Adorable Representative MC of Youth. The K-pop group’s accomplishments catapulted them to the top of the Billboard Charts, two Grammy nominations and multiple American Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards wins. They were also named TIME’s Entertainer of the Year 2020. In 2022, BTS released an anthology album of their nearly decade-long career called Proof. The single from the album, “Yet to Come” promises there will be more amazing things to come ahead for BTS. The septet just finished their concert in Busan for a showcase for the bid for the 2030 World Expo, and it might be the last time that they perform together in a while.
Read below on when each member of BTS will enlist in the military.
Why is BTS going to the military?
Why is BTS going to the military? In South Korea, every able-bodied man must enlist for military service by the age of 30 and serve for 18 to 21 months. Some exceptions were made for men who have served their nation in other ways, such as notable elite athletes or classical musicians. Before Jin’s enlistment, the South Korean government debated whether BTS members should go serve in the military as they’ve had a significant impact on Korea’s spread of culture and their contributions to the country’s overall economy, but it was ultimately decided that the group’s seven members should serve as scheduled. Since Jin will be turning 30 in December 2022, he was the first member to do his mandatory military enlistment. According to Big Hit, each member will “carry out their individual plans” before they enlist.
Is BTS breaking up before their military enlistment?
Is BTS breaking up before their military enlistment? Though each member is carrying out their individual plans and solo projects, BTS is not breaking up. During their FESTA 2022 video to celebrate the anniversary of their debut, RM said that the group would be taking a break from activities to focus on what they want as a musical group. They will be taking a break to focus on their own endeavors. V said, “We could focus on our solo work this time and later when we gather again as a group, that synergy will be like no other. We’ll be better than before.”
Will BTS go to the military together?
Will BTS go to the military together? In a statement from Big Hit, RM, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook, plan to carry out their military service based on their own individual plans. Jin will be the first person to enlist in the military and Big Hit will continue to announce which members will be enlisting.
What is BTS’ military schedule?
What is BTS’ military schedule? there isn’t a confirmed schedule, but each member will need to enlist before their 30th birthday. BTS’ military schedule complies with the South Korean age requirement since Jin will be the first to enlist. Though each member varies in age, Big Hit confirmed that they are all expected to reunite as a group in 2025, making them have to enlist from 2022 to 2024. Here is a list of when each BTS member must enlist in the military.
- Jin by 2022 – Birthday: December 4, 1992
- Suga by 2023 – Birthday: March 9, 1993
- J-Hope by 2024 – Birthday: February 18, 1994
- RM by 2024 – Birthday: September 12, 1994
- Jimin by 2025 – Birthday: October 13, 1995
- V by 2025 – Birthday: December 29, 1995
- Jung Kook by 2027 – Birthday: September 1, 1997
How long will BTS be in the military?
How long will BTS be in the military? According to the statement from BTS’ company BigHit Entertainment, BTS will reform again in around 2025. Since Jin will be entering the military at the end of 2022, the rest of the members are likely to start their military service around 2023 to complete their mandatory two years.
When is BTS’ Jin going to serve in the military?
When is BTS’ Jin going to serve in the military? Big Hit announced that Kim Seokjin, better known as Jin, will be the first member to enlist in the military. The oldest member of the group will be turned 30 in December 2022, which is the age cap for the mandatory listing. In a statement, Big Hit said: “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.”
During their concert for the Busan bid for the 2030 World Expo on October 15, 2022, Jin announced that he will be the next member after J-Hope to release his solo work. His single will be released “soon,” and he said, “I was able to work together with someone that I’d always really liked, so I’ll be releasing a new song. I’ve filmed a lot of different things recently, and there’s still a lot of [content] left to film, so I hope you’ll enjoy all of it.” On October 28, 2022, Jin released the single “The Astronaut” which was co-written by his friends in Coldplay.
Big Hit Entertainment announced via the fan community site Weverse on December 6, 2022, that fans are not allowed at Jin’s entrance ceremony during his enlistment. “Jin will fulfill his required time with the military by enlisting in the army. Please note that we will not be holding any kind of official event on the day of his recruitment. The entrance ceremony is a time to be observed by military personnel and their families only. In order to prevent any issues that might occur from crowding, we ask fans to please refrain from visiting the site. Instead, we ask you to keep your heartwarming words of support and farewell in your hearts.” Billboard reported that Jin’s enlistment date is December 13, 2022. In a surprise appearance from a phone call from J-Hope at the 2022 MAMA Awards, Jin said via telephone, “I’ll go and come back from the military well!”
On December 11, 2022 Jin posted a selfie on Weverse with his military buzzcut and captioned it “Cuter than expected” in Korean. He also posted a goodbye message on the fan and artist community site, saying “Ok it’s now time for the curtain call (I wanted to say this when I enlisted)” referring to a character’s line in his favorite game League of Legends who is also named Jhin. All the other six members wished Jin a happy goodbye, with RM posting on his Instagram stories a picture of the boys touching Jin’s shaved head with the caption “Love you, our Jin. See you soon! It’s reported that Jin started his training on December 13, 2022, at the Gyeonggi Province, close to the border with North Korea, and is expected to complete his service by June 2024.
When is BTS’ RM going to serve in the military?
When is BTS’ RM going to serve in the military? The leader of the group, Kim Namjoon, known as RM, has not announced his plans to join the military but his birthday is September 12, 1994, so it will have to be by 2024. In an interview with The New York Times, RM is interested in opening his own art space after years of collecting art. It is largely speculated that he will release solo work after his hit mixtapes, RM, in 2015 and mono. in 2018. On December 2, 2022, RM debuted his first studio album, Indigo, which features Erykah Badu, Anderson .Paak, Tablo of Epik High, Kim Sa-wol, Paul Blanco, Mahalia, Colde, Youjeen of Cherry Filter, and Park Ji-yoon.
When is BTS’ Suga going to serve in the military?
When is BTS’ Suga going to serve in the military? BTS’ rapper and producer, Min Yoongi, known as Suga, has not announced his plans to join the military. Suga is the second oldest of the group and will be turning 30 in 2023, which is his last year to enlist. On February 14, 2023, BigHit Entertainment announced that Suga will be embarking on a world tour under his stage name and his alter ego Agust D as well as a new album titled D-Day. He released two solo mixtapes under Agust D: Agust D, released in 2016, and D-2, released in 2020.
When is BTS’ j-hope going to serve in the military?
When is BTS’ j-hope going to serve in the military? BTS’ rapper and main dancer Jung Hoseok, known as j-hope, announced his plans to join the military on February 26, 2023. On the fan community site and app Weverse, BTS’ company Big Hit Entertainment announced, “We would like to inform our fans that j-hope has initiated the military enlistment process by applying for the termination of his enlistment postponement.” The company also asked fans for “continued love and support” throughout his military service until it ends. Along with the military announcement, the company announced that j-hope will be releasing a single “on the street” on March 3, 2023.
On April 17, 2023, J-Hope posted a photo of himself with his buzzcut. He captioned the photo, “I love you ARMY 💜 I’ll be back!” Jin, who is currently serving, commented on the post, “D-1” referring to when J-Hope is set to leave. The day before, he went on Weverse Live to tell fans goodbye before he entered military training. He assured fans, “Please don’t be too upset, since I’m doing my duty as the healthy youth. So what I wanted to tell is to you guys to not worry and I’ll go and come back well. ‘Please eat well’. Yes of course, as I told you guys, don’t worry, I’ve been eating really well.” He also read a comment, “October 17, 2024—Hobi’s discharge date, I’ll be waiting for this day only.” He replied, “October 17, right. I’ll be back safely.”
On April 18, the seven members reunited for j-hope’s military entrance ceremony. Jin, who joined the military in December, posted a picture on Instagram of the reunion with the translated caption, “nxt person.”
j-hope was the first member to release solo music after BTS announced their hiatus. He released his first album Jack In the Box in July 2022 and was the first South Korean act to headline Lollapalooza in Chicago.
When is BTS’ Jimin going to serve in the military?
When is BTS’ Jimin going to serve in the military? BTS’ vocalist and dancer Park Jimin, known as Jimin, has not announced his plans to join the military but it will have to be by 2025 as his birthday is October 13, 1995. Jimin has not released solo projects other than the song “With You” for the Korean drama original soundtrack for Our Blues. In January 2023, he collaborated with Big Bang’s Taeyang on the song “Vibe.” On February 21, 2023, Jimin announced that he will be releasing his first solo album Face on March 23, 2023.
When is BTS’ V going to serve in the military?
When is BTS’ V going to serve in the military? BTS’ vocalist and dancer Kim Taehyung, known as V, has not announced his plans to join the military but as his birthday is December 29, 1995, it’ll have to begin by 2025. V has released songs for several Korean dramas such as “It’s Definitely You” with Jin for Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth, where he also starred, “Sweet Night” for Itaewon Classand “Christmas Tree” for Our Beloved Summer. In February 2023, V starred in the cooking show Jinny’s Kitchen with During their 2022 FESTA video, V teased that he will be releasing music sometime this year and has written to fans on the social media platform Weverse about his music.
When is BTS’ Jungkook going to serve in the military?
When is BTS’ Jungkook going to serve in the military? BTS’ vocalist, dancer and youngest of the group, Jeon Jungkook, known as Jungkook, has not announced his plans to join the military. His birthday is September 1, 1997, so it’ll have to be before 2027 if the group’s plan to rejoin in 2025 remains unchanged. Jungkook released a song “Stay Alive,” produced by Suga earlier in 2022, and recently collaborated with Charlie Puth for the hit song, “Left and Right.” He also released “Dreamers” as part of the soundtrack for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. For the 2022 FESTA, Jungkook released a song called “My You” dedicated to ARMY. According to Weverse Magazine, Jungkook has been working on his mixtape since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I could just make it about myself, and then it would be like, I started as a trainee when I was 13, I worked hard, and found success. But anyone could do that,” he said about the narrative concept of the mixtape. The mixtape does not have a release date yet but is expected to come out before he enlists.
Correction:A previous edit of the article listed Jack In The Box as j-hope’s mixtape. Jack in the Box is j-hope’s first solo album and he was the first South Korean artist to headline Lollapalooza.
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