BTS' Suga starts military enlistment process

Jaehwa Bernardo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 07 2023 01:41 PM | Updated as of Aug 07 2023 03:18 PM

Suga of the K-pop boy group BTS. Photo: Instagram/agustd
Suga of the K-pop boy group BTS. Photo: Instagram/agustd

(UPDATE) BTS member Suga has begun the process of enlisting in the South Korean military, becoming the third of the K-pop supergroup to join the country's armed forces, his label announced Monday.

"We would like to inform our fans that Suga has initiated the military enlistment process by applying for the termination of his enlistment postponement," Big Hit Music said in a notice on fan community app WeVerse.

The agency did not mention the date of the rapper's enlistment but told fans that further details would be given "in due course."

"We ask you for your continued love and support for Suga until he completes his military service and safely returns," Big Hit told fans.

The announcement came a day after Suga, whose real name is Min Yoongi, wrapped up his first world tour with a series of "encore" shows in Seoul.

The tour was held in support of the artist's debut album, "D-Day," released last April.

Suga is the third BTS member to enlist in the military following J-Hope and Jin.

In South Korea, all able-bodied men must serve at least 18 months in the military as the country remains technically at war with nuclear-armed North Korea.

Big Hit earlier said BTS plans to reconvene "as a group again around 2025 following their [military] service commitment."

BTS has become a global cultural phenomenon, selling out stadiums around the world and dominating US music charts while raking in billions for South Korea's economy and building a massive legion of fans called ARMY.

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