South Korean K-pop Band BTS to Serve in Military Service


The group’s label said on Tuesday that the seven members of South Korean K-pop band BTS will begin their mandatory military service next year, a move that could deprive fans of one of the world’s most popular acts for up to two years. BTS, which has topped the Billboard 200 album chart three times and won four Grammy Awards, is hugely popular worldwide, particularly among young people, and its members’ army enlistment has been a hot topic among fans.

What is BTS?

BTS is a South Korean boy band that was formed in 2013. The seven-member group consists of Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. The name BTS is an acronym for the Korean phrase Bangtan Sonyeondan (Hangul: 방탄소년단; RR: Bangtan Sonyeondan), literally meaning “Bulletproof Boy Scouts.”

The group’s musical style combines hip-hop, pop, and EDM elements. Their lyrics often incorporate social commentary on youth and mental health. In 2017, they became the first K-pop group to receive a Billboard Music Award and were also named Top Social Artist at the Billboard Awards that same year. In 2019, they became the first Asian act to headline Wembley Stadium. 

In 2020, all members of BTS announced that they would be taking a temporary hiatus from their careers to focus on their mandatory military service.

BTS’s military service

BTS’s military service is an important moment for the band and their fans. All seven members of BTS will be enlisting in military service at the same time, starting in 2020. This means that the band will be taking a hiatus from performing and recording together.

While BTS’s fans are understandably upset about this news, it is important to remember that military service is compulsory in South Korea. All able-bodied men between 18 and 28 must serve for a minimum of 21 months.

BTS’s military service will no doubt be a difficult time for the band and their fans, but it is also an opportunity for them to grow and mature as people. We wish them all the best during this time.

How long will BTS be in the military?

It’s not yet clear how long BTS will be in the military. South Korea’s mandatory military service is 21 months, but it’s possible that BTS could be given a shorter service due to its celebrity status. However, it’s also possible that they could be given a longer service due to their fame. Whatever the case, it’s likely that BTS will be in the military for at least a year and a half.

What will happen to BTS while they’re in the military?

BTS is a Korean pop band that has achieved global success. The seven group members must serve in the South Korean military for two years, which means the group will be on hiatus.

Fans are wondering what will happen to BTS while in the military. Will they still be able to release new music? Will they go on tour?

The good news is that BTS will still be able to release new music while they’re in the military. Their label Big Hit Entertainment has already said they plan to release new music during this time. However, it’s unclear if the group will be able to promote their new music or go on tour.

This is a difficult time for fans of BTS, but it’s important to remember that the group will be back and better than ever once they’ve completed their military service!

How have fans reacted to the news?

Since the news of BTS’ military service was announced, fans have been supportive and sad. Many are proud of the boys for their commitment to their country, but others are worried about what this means for the group’s future.

Some fans have even started petitions asking for leniency in the boys’ service, as they are such an important part of the K-pop scene. However, it is unlikely that anything will change at this point, and BTS will begin its service sometime in the next few years.

What have other K-pop bands served in the military?

South Korea has mandatory military service for all able-bodied men. 

Many K-pop idols have had to serve their time in the military – though they often do so while their careers are still going strong. Some of the biggest names to have done so include G-Dragon, Taeyang, and TOP of Big Bang, as solo artists like Rain and Se7en. 

More recently, EXO’s D.O. completed his service in 2019, while enlistment loomed for members of BTS. Ultimately, it was decided that Suga, Jin, and J-Hope would serve first, with the rest of the members following suit once their terms were up. 

While fans may be sad to see their faves taking a break from performing, military service is taken very seriously in South Korea – and it’s something that every able-bodied man is expected to do.


BTS fans worldwide were dealt a blow when it was announced that the South Korean K-pop band would serve in military service. This means the band will be on hiatus for at least two years, possibly longer, depending on their circumstances. While it is certainly sad news for fans, it is important to remember that this service is mandatory for all able-bodied men in South Korea. We hope that BTS will be able to serve their country to the best of their abilities, and we wish them all the best during this time.

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