BTS Urges Fans to Respect Their Privacy During Military Duty

BTS, the popular K-pop band, has requested their fans to refrain from visiting army camps during their mandatory military service. The band members, RM, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook, will soon begin their enlistment, and the label announced that they could become a “nuisance” for other soldiers and their families if fans gather at the military bases.

In South Korea, all able-bodied men are required to serve in the military for 18 months before they turn 28, as the country is still technically at war with North Korea. BTS band members Jin, Suga, and J-Hope have already enlisted, and their send-offs attracted large crowds of fans who bid them farewell.

The band released a video message, where RM, sitting with his fellow band members, requested fans to avoid visiting the army camps on the day of their enlistment. The label, Big Hit Music, further emphasized that there would be no separate official events on that day. Instead, they asked fans to give a warm send-off and encouragement from the heart.

BTS’s decision to take a break and focus on personal projects and military service stunned their millions of fans. Despite the hiatus, the band has promised to reunite in 2025. In their live stream, RM, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook discussed the importance of their military duty, reassuring fans that the break would pass quickly.

The announcement of BTS members’ military enlistment had sparked speculations about possible exemptions for the band due to their massive global success and contribution to the country’s cultural export. However, South Korea only grants exemptions to certain individuals, such as Olympic medalists and some classical musicians, and this privilege does not extend to K-pop stars like BTS.

BTS’s immense popularity has generated billions of dollars for the country, making them one of South Korea’s most significant cultural exports. The band’s temporary hiatus serves as a reminder of the importance of military service and the obligations all citizens must fulfill.

While it is understandable that fans may feel the desire to show support and bid farewell to their beloved band members, it is essential to respect their privacy during this time. Visiting military bases can disrupt the military training environment and create inconveniences for other soldiers and their families.

As fans, we can express our love and appreciation for BTS by sending them warm wishes and encouragement through various online platforms. Let us honor their decision to serve their country and eagerly anticipate their return in 2025, when they will continue to inspire and entertain us with their incredible talent and music.