BIGHIT MUSIC has confirmed that global boy group BTS will be enlisting in South Korea's mandatory military service.
In a statement released on Monday, October 17, the entertainment company described the seven-piece group’s decision to enlist comes at the “perfect time” and that the members are honored to serve the country.
"BIGHIT MUSIC is proud to announce today that the members of BTS are currently moving forward with plans to fulfill their military service. 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," the statement read.
BIGHIT further said that there’s no better time for the members to fulfill their duties to their country than now.
"Since the creation of BTS over ten years ago, the band has risen to international success, broken records, and catapulted K-Pop into the global stratosphere. BIGHIT MUSIC has focused on the milestone moment when it would be possible to respect the needs of the country and for these healthy young men to serve with their countrymen, and that’s now," BIGHIT remarked.
[공지] 방탄소년단 병역 이행 및 향후 활동 계획 안내 (+ENG/JPN/CHN) pic.twitter.com/jntF90agO4— BIGHIT MUSIC (@BIGHIT_MUSIC) October 17, 2022
BTS member Jin will be the first one to enter the military service.
"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," BIGHIT said.
Meanwhile, other members of the group "plan to carry out their military service based on their own individual plans."
BIGHIT added: "Both the company and the members of BTS are looking forward to reconvening as a group again around 2025 following their service commitment."
BIGHIT also said that they will support the group every step of the way.
"With the release of their first anthology album earlier this year it opened the path to allow the members to take some time to explore individual projects,” the entertainment company said.
It went on: “As part of the HYBE family, we support and encourage our artists and are beyond proud that they will each now have time to explore their unique interests and do their duty by being of service to the country they call home.”
"'Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)' is more than a track from their latest album, it is a promise, there’s much more yet to come in the years ahead from BTS," BIGHIT said, highlighting one of the songs from the album.