BTS’ Suga’s military enlistment date is near, as officially announced by BigHit Music in a statement released earlier today.
According to the South Korean music label that handles the 30-year-old K-pop star, Suga will be enlisting on September 22. He will be the third BTS member to fulfill the mandatory military service, following his bandmates: Jin, who enlisted in December 2022; and J-Hope, in April 2023.
BigHit Music’s full English statement on BTS’ Suga’s military enlistment date reads:
This is BIGHIT MUSIC.
Thank you for your continued support for BTS. We have further information regarding Suga’s military service.
Suga will be beginning his required service on September 22.
There will not be any official events taking place on the day he starts his service or on the day he enters the training camp. We kindly ask fans to refrain from visiting Suga at his workplace during the period of his service. Please convey your warm regards and encouragement in your hearts only.
Furthermore, please be mindful to avoid getting adversely affected by unauthorized tours or package products that illegally use the artist’s intellectual property. Our company will take appropriate measures against attempts at any commercial activity that make unauthorized use of artist IP.
We ask for your continued love and support for Suga until he completes his service and returns. Our company will also strive to provide all the support he needs during this time.
All physically fit South Korean men aged between 18 and 35 are reportedly required to serve in the military for their country, with some exemptions granted. BTS members were reportedly allowed to put off starting their military service until they turned 30.
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Jin, the oldest member of BTS, completed five weeks of basic training in January 2023. Meanwhile, J-Hope is reportedly set to finish his enlistment in October 2024.
The military enlistment date of other BTS members RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook might also be officialized soon, as it was reportedly set to be by the end of this year.
In August 2023, BTS’ Suga held his D-Day The Final encore concert at the KSPO Dome, which was live-streamed via Weverse. This encore was announced during the last leg of his SUGA Agust D tour in Seoul back in June.
In 2022, the BTS rapper collaborated with Psy in his 2022 single “That That,” which was part of the PSY 9th album. Following its release, Suga made a surprise appearance at Psy’s “Summer Swag 2022” concert that was held at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul.
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