J-Hope, a member of the BTS group, whose real name is Jung Ho-seok and is 29 years old, will become an active soldier on the 18th.
According to the music industry on the 13th, J-Hope will enter the Army A Division boot camp in Gangwon-do on the 18th. After five weeks of basic military training here, he will be deployed at the end of next month.
In a related development, an official from BTS's agency, Big Hit Music, asked the Korean media for understanding, saying, "It is difficult to confirm the date and location of joining the military."
J-Hope completed his application to cancel his enlistment last month and released a photo of his short hair on SNS on the 8th, suggesting that his enlistment is imminent.
There will be no official event on the day of admission. Big Hit Music said, "The entrance ceremony for the Shinbyeong Education Camp is a place where a large number of soldiers and their families are together. In order to prevent safety accidents caused by on-site congestion, we ask fans to refrain from visiting the site."
As a result, J-Hope will be the second member of the team to join the army after his eldest brother Jin, who has been serving in the military since December last year. Jin is currently serving as an assistant in the Army's 5th Infantry Division's boot camp in Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi-do.
Depending on the members' military enlistment, other members will continue their individual activities. BTS is expected to resume its full activities by 2025 when its members finish their military service.
J-Hope said in a live broadcast on the fan community platform "Weverse" last month. "I can't tell you in detail, but the date of joining the army has already come out, and it's time to get ready."
J-Hope, who turned on the live broadcast to thank his fans, said, "My official schedule was over yesterday. 'Shouldn't you take a break and take care of yourself before entering the military?' he said. He then said, "Jin joined the military, and I thought, 'When will I have to join the army?' 'I decided because I thought it would be right to go as soon as possible and show you a better performance,' he said.
Earlier in late February, J-Hope announced his plan to join the army after completing his application to cancel his enlistment.
J-Hope recently released his solo single "On the Street" in collaboration with American rapper J. Cole. Shortly after its release, "On the Street" has been well-received, topping the iTunes "Top Song" chart in 80 countries worldwide and ranking 60th on the U.S. Billboard's main single chart "Hot 100."
Second BTS member to enlist in the army after Jin
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