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BTS member Suga will begin military service this week

The singer is the third member of the popular K-pop group to enlist in South Korea’s mandatory military service, following bandmates Jin and J-Hope.

BTS member Suga will begin military service this week

SUGA of the K-pop boy band BTS visit the "Today" Show at Rockefeller Plaza on February 21, 2020 in New York City. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images/AFP

K-pop star Suga of BTS will begin his mandatory military service on Friday (Sep 22), his agency BigHit Music announced on Sunday on the band’s community platform, Weverse.

BigHit added that no official events will be taking place on the day Suga starts his service or on the day he enters the training camp. The agency also asked fans to "refrain from visiting Suga at his workplace during the period of his service".

Suga is the third member of the K-pop group to enlist, after Jin in December 2022 and J-Hope in April this year.

It hasn’t been revealed what unit he will serve in although there’s speculation that he will be a social service agent because of his shoulder injury.

The 30-year-old singer addressed fans, also known as ARMY, in a Weverse livestream on Sunday, telling them that his enlistment is “nothing to cry about”.

“Please don’t worry too much, and see you in 2025,” he said.  

All able-bodied men aged 18 to 28 in South Korea are required by law to perform 18 to 21 months of military service under a conscription system.

Source: CNA/sr