K-pop Star Joins Fellow Members Jin and J-Hope in Fulfilling South Korean Duty
K-pop superstar Suga of globally popular group BTS has begun his mandatory military service in South Korea. The 30-year-old singer, whose real name is Min Yoon-gi, reported for duty on Friday to begin his alternative service requirement.
As per South Korean law, all able-bodied men must serve in the military for about two years to defend the country from threats posed by North Korea. While active duty requires serving in the army, navy or air force; alternative service options include working as social workers or at government offices.
Big Hit Music, the management agency of BTS, confirmed that Suga will be carrying out his alternative military service. In a statement, they requested fans to refrain from visiting his workplace during this period and to instead send their support and regards through online platforms.
Suga joins fellow BTS members Jin and J-Hope, who both began their military stints earlier this year. Jin enlisted for active military duty in December while J-Hope began his alternative service as a social worker in August. All seven members of the K-pop icons had announced last year that they will respectfully fulfill their mandatory duties.
Fans of BTS, known as ARMY, have expressed pride in their idols for dutifully serving the country. Many commented on the pictures of Suga in military uniform with messages of support and promises to wait for their return in 2025. Several popular fan accounts on Twitter also shared the news along with pictures from BTS concerts and albums to cherish old memories until the group reunites.
With Suga now beginning his service, four of the seven BTS members will be away during the mandated public duty period. However, the other global K-pop acts like SEVENTEEN, Stray Kids and TXT have been keeping the genre alive worldwide in their absence. Once the services of all BTS members conclude by 2025, fans eagerly await their much anticipated comeback to the stage and new music releases.
In summary, BTS star Suga joining the military marks another important milestone in the celebrated career of the iconic K-pop band. While their performances and new songs will be missed in the coming years, the smooth fulfillment of national duties has further cemented the group’s legacy and reputation in South Korea. Fans continue extending full faith, love and support to all seven members until their return.