Suga enlistment: This is when the BTS rapper will be going for his mandatory service

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  • Suga is the next member of BTS to report in for his mandatory service
  • The announcement regarding his joining was made last month
  • Suga will be reporting for mandatory service from September 22, 2023

BigHit, which is the official agency of BTS, on Sunday, announced that Min Yoongi (stage name Suga and AgusD) would be starting his mandatory service on September 22, 2023. He is the third member of the group to join the service. Jin, who is the eldest member of the group, started his service in December 2022, while J-Hope started earlier this year.

The statement from the agency reads:

“Hello. 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. Thank you.”

Suga military service

While the Army was heartbroken on receiving the news, they were also quick to notice that, unlike Jin and J-Hope, Suga may not be going in for active mandatory service. They noticed the use of the word “mandatory service”, and this confirmed what the Army had always suspected Suga, due to his shoulder injury, would have to go for mandatory service. This means that, unlike other members, he might have to serve for 21 months. Other members of the group who are on active military duty are required to serve for 18 months.

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Military enlistment of their popular idols is a difficult time for fans. At this time, their only consultation is seeing them all together as they gather to bid goodbye to their fellow member. However, this time, the fans may not get that as well. The word on X, formerly known as Twitter, is that Suga may join social service directly, and his three weeks of training may happen after ten months.

If this is indeed true, then it would come as another blow to the fans. Perhaps realising this or the fact that the news of their beloved rapper not being around for a long time would be hard for fans, Suga came live on Weverse on Sunday evening.

Suga’s Weverse Live before enlistment

Soon after the news spread, Suga came live on Weverse. He updated fans on how he had recuperated and rested after the D-Day Tour. He also requested them not to cry and assured them that they would be seeing each other in 2025. In his live, he was also joined in by J-Hope and Jin, who not only cheered for Suga but also helped him in making it a cheery farewell to the fans.

BTS members’ military enlistment

According to the law in Korea, all able-bodied men in Korea are to serve in the military. Jin and J-Hope from the band are already fulfilling their military duty. RM, Jimin, V and Junkgoog are expected to follow suit. The group is currently on hiatus and are expected to reconvene in 2025.


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