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BTS’ Final Four Members Have Begun Serving In South Korea’s Mandatory Military Service

“The day has finally come. See you in the future,” RM wrote on Korean social media, Weverse.

The final four members of BTS – RM, V, Jimin and Jungkook – have officially begun South Korea’s mandatory military service.

Last October, BTS’ management company confirmed that the K-pop superstars will serve in South Korea’s mandatory military service, starting with the oldest member Jin, who enlisted in December 2022.

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A few months later, J-Hope and Suga became the second and third members to enlist.

On Monday Dec. 11, the group’s leader, RM, and V enlisted, followed by the last two members, Jimin and Jungkook, who enlisted a day after.

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Several members took to social media to say goodbye to the fans, ARMY.

“The day has finally come. See you in the future,” RM wrote on Korean social media, Weverse.

V, whose full name is Kim Taehyung, also shared a photo of him with a freshly-shaven head and wrote, “To be honest, I’m alright other than the fact that I won’t be able to make happy memories with ARMY for the time being.”

All able-bodied South Korean men aged between 18 and 28 must serve in the military for about 20 months and cut their hair in a buzzcut style.

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The band had postponed mandatory military service until they turned 30 after South Korea changed its law in 2020 to allow globally recognized K-pop stars to defer their service.

BTS’ members are expected to reunite as a group again around 2025 following their respective service commitments.

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