BTS’s reps announced on Monday that the group’s international superstars will carry out their required military service in South Korea, confirming a step that has long been dreaded by their devoted following.
The seven members of the group will all complete their required military service and won’t ask for any additional extensions or special exemptions, according to a statement from BigHit Music. The oldest member Jin will be the first to serve, and when they have completed their military obligations, the stars will reunite as a group again around 2025.
After turning 30 in December, Jin, 29, might have been drafted, and BTS members have already been given a two-year extension. That cast a shadow over the group’s future and caused a rift in the nation over whether to permit the adored band to put off the draft altogether or just delay it further.
All physically capable men must serve 18 to 21 months in the military under South Korean law in order to protect the country from its nuclear-armed neighbor, North Korea. However, the legislation permits select people, such as athletes, musicians, and others who raise the stature of the nation, to receive exceptional exemptions.
According to a statement from BigHit Music, the K-pop stars were “honored to serve” their nation.