At this point, every BTS fan knows that they should be prepared for a rollercoaster of emotions anytime they get a notification that begins with “BIGHIT Announces…”. The latest announcement by the boy band’s agency was no different.
BTS is going to move forward with their plans to enlist in the military. The discussion and debates have been going on for years and the members have finally announced their decision to fulfill the mandatory military conscription. By law, South Korean men between the ages 18-35 have to serve in the military.
[공지] 방탄소년단 병역 이행 및 향후 활동 계획 안내 (+ENG/JPN/CHN) pic.twitter.com/jntF90agO4— BIGHIT MUSIC (@BIGHIT_MUSIC) October 17, 2022
“BIGHIT MUSIC is proud to announce today that the members of BTS are currently moving forward with plans to fulfil their military service. After the phenomenal concert to support Busan’s bid for the World Expo 2030, and as each individual embarks on solo endeavours, it’s a perfect time and the members of BTS are honoured to serve.”
During the concert, the group teased a big announcement related to the eldest member Jin, leading many fans to believe that it would be about his enlistment, but it was revealed that the singer is going to release a song by the end of this month. Turns out, an enlistment announcement was in the cards after all.
“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. Other members of the group plan to carry out their military service based on their own individual plans. Both the company and the members of BTS are looking forward to reconvening as a group again around 2025 following their service commitment,” read the announcement.
Members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook have been focusing on their solo projects ever since they announced a temporary break from group activities back in June, following an emotional anniversary dinner and the release of their anthology album Proof.
Predictably, the news has been met with an outpouring of encouraging messages and love from BTS ARMYs from around the world, echoing the concluding statement from the official announcement.
Enlisting for the military service right after they've solidified their status of an indisputable cultural movement and the most successful Korean artist South Korea has ever seen. That's some huge boss move.— ⁷ (@mygbebe) October 17, 2022
also if i’m understanding correctly, all the members should have gone to serve by 2023 so it means EVERYONE IS RELEASING A SOLO PROJECT UNTIL NEXT YEAR OH FUCK WE ARE STILL BOOKED AND BUSY 😭— 𝓷 (@rkivesunset) October 17, 2022
cannot believe im gonna be a military wife until 2025 pic.twitter.com/IwuD9MqwEV— adiba busan arc (@780613) October 17, 2022
of course we can wait till 2025. we’ve waited for our weverse packages to ship for much longer than that 😆— dessy⁷ ✨ (@Dessytothemax) October 17, 2022
“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.”