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BTS' RM, Jimin, V, Jungkook initiate military enlistment process

By Brooke Villanueva Published Nov 22, 2023 9:51 am

RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook have initiated their military enlistment process.

BTS' agency, BIGHIT Music, confirmed the news in a statement shared on WeVerse on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

"The artists are preparing to fulfill their military service duties. We will inform you of further updates in due course," it said.

The management company asked BTS fans for their "continued love and support" for the K-pop idols "until they complete their military service and safely return."

"Our company will spare no effort in providing support for our artists," BIGHIT added.

The rest of BTS are currently serving in the military, with Jin starting his mandatory service in December 2022, J-Hope in April 2023, and Suga in September this year.

According to South Korean laws, "those who are healthy enough to perform active or supplementary service are to be enlisted for active duty service, supplementary service, or the wartime labor service, based on their qualifications, such as educational background and age."

BTS is widely considered South Korea's biggest-ever cultural phenomenon, selling out stadiums worldwide, dominating the charts, raking in billions, and building a global legion of fans known as ARMY. According to the Guinness World Records, it is the "most popular group in the world." They are best known for their hit songs Dynamite, Butter, and FAKE LOVE, among others.

All seven members have renewed their contracts with BIGHIT and are set to have a comeback in 2025.