On December 12, the BTS fandom bid a temporary farewell to two of its beloved members, Jimin and Jungkook, as they officially commenced their mandatory military service. What made this day even more special was the fact that the two entered together as companion soldiers, showcasing the tight-knit bond within the group.
SUGA and J-Hope’s Supportive Farewell
Amidst the emotional send-off, fellow BTS members SUGA and J-Hope were present on-site to bid Jimin and Jungkook farewell. This act exemplified the unity and loyalty that permeated the group, especially as older members joined forces to support their younger counterparts as they embarked on their military journey.
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— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) December 11, 2023
Fans’ Expressive Support
The enlistment center witnessed a serene atmosphere as fans, in adherence to safety measures, refrained from physically attending but made their presence felt through heartfelt gestures. Banners adorned the surroundings, displaying messages such as ‘Stay healthy and safe’ and ‘I’ll wait.’ The overwhelming expressions of affection showcased the fanbase’s unwavering support for Jimin and Jungkook during their time in the military.
BTS Members Enlisted and Serving
With Jimin and Jungkook’s enlistment, all seven members of BTS—RM, Jin, SUGA, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook—are actively serving their mandatory military terms. The anticipation among fans for their eventual reunion in 2025 is palpable as the group temporarily disperses for individual service commitments.
V and RM: A Day Prior in the Nonsan Training Center
A day before Jimin and Jungkook’s enlistment, V and RM commenced their military journey by entering the Nonsan Training Center in South Chungcheong Province. This marks the initiation of their basic military training, a foundational step before assuming active-duty roles within the army.
Awaiting the Grand Reunion: BTS in 2025
As BTS solidifies its legacy as one of the biggest boy bands globally, fans, fondly known as ARMYs, eagerly await the day when all members complete their military service and reunite in 2025. The temporary separation serves as a poignant chapter in their collective journey, with fans steadfastly supporting each member in their individual endeavors.