BTS members will be putting down their mics for awhile to fulfil their military service requirements in South Korea.
Their agency confirmed the news this week on Twitter following a long, national debate over whether the K-pop stars should receive an exemption given their contribution to the country’s economy.
“As each individual embarks on solo endeavours, it’s the perfect time and the members of BTS are honoured to serve,” a statement from Big Hit Music reads.
“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.”
Under South Korean law, all able-bodied men between 18 and 35 must serve in the military for at least 18 months (as per Forbes). There have been cases where notable figures have received exemptions such as Seong-jin Cho, who was the first Korean pianist to win the International Chopin Piano Competition.
The statement continues: “BTS are looking forward to reconvening as a group again around 2025 following their service commitment.”
The group announced earlier this year they were taking a temporary break so they could each pursue solo careers.
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