The globally celebrated K-pop sensation, BTS, is set for a significant change as four of its members are commencing their mandatory military service in South Korea. This decision follows the earlier enlistment of three bandmates, and devoted fans are steadfast in their commitment to wait until 2025 for the group’s eventual reunion.

Despite the rainy weather on Monday, a group of supporters gathered to bid a temporary farewell to the band’s leader, RM, and vocalist V, expressing heartfelt messages and good wishes at their training camp in Nonsan. On the fan platform Weverse, V conveyed feelings of gratitude and longing, mentioning the challenge of not being able to create joyous memories together for some time. Similarly, RM shared sentiments acknowledging the potential for occasional loneliness during the upcoming 18 months but viewing this period as an opportunity for personal growth and new experiences. Jimin and Jung Kook have started their military service, along with RM and V, who are currently fulfilling their duties. According to the Yonhap news agency, three other members were said to have been given a day off from their military duties. In South Korea, it remains mandatory for all able-bodied men aged 18–28 to serve in the military for about two years, serving as a crucial measure to protect against potential threats, especially from North Korea. BTS, recognized for its fervent global fan base referred to as ARMY, has actively supported various social causes. Notably, in 2020, ARMY fans raised over $1 million for the Black Lives Matter movement within just 25 hours. Some devoted fans recently gathered in a Tokyo district known as Korea Town, expressing unwavering support and commitment to await the band’s eventual return.