BTS members to fulfill military service, says agency

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 17) — Members of the Korean boy band BTS will move forward in fulfilling their military service, the super group's agency BigHit Music announced Monday.

“BigHit Music is proud to announce today that members of BTS are currently moving forward with plans to fulfill their military service,” the company said in a tweet. “After the phenomenal concert to support Busan’s bid for the World Expo 2030, and as each individual embarks on solo endeavors, it’s the perfect time and the members of BTS are honored to serve.”

BigHit added that the group’s oldest member Jin will initiate the process after concluding his solo debut at the end of this month while other members will enlist based on their individual plans.

In South Korea, able-bodied men are required to enlist by age 28 and serve in the Army for 18 months. After much clamor, the parliament revised in 2020 the law allowing pop stars like BTS to defer military service until age 30.

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