Under South Korean law, all able-bodied male citizens are to serve for 18-21 months by the age of 28. The BTS members had previously been granted exemptions to defer their enlistments until they turned 30 after receiving an Order of Cultural Merit in 2018 by then-president Moon Jae-in.
“We would like to inform our fans that Suga has initiated the military enlistment process by applying for the termination of his enlistment postponement,” Big Hit Entertainment said in its statement. “We will inform you of further updates in due course.”
“We ask you for your continued love and support for Suga until he completes his military service and safely returns. Our company will spare no effort in providing support for our artist,” added the agency.
It was previously reported last year that Suga would be enlisting as a public service worker due to a long-term shoulder injury, though Big Hit Music stated at the time that it “cannot confirm information on [the members’] personal matters”. It is unclear if the rapper or agency intend to share news on his military vocation at a later time.
The announcement comes just after Suga held a three-night encore of his ‘Agust D’ concert in Seoul over the weekend. The rapper was joined by bandmates Jungkook, Jimin and RM, each on a different night of the concert.