"I am unable to provide specific information, but the enlistment date has been confirmed and it's about time for me to get ready," J-Hope told his fans on March 16 through a live broadcast on Weverse, a fan community platform. The seven-member band's main dancer also known for talented rapping added that he hopes to show a mature side of himself by fulfilling his mandatory service as soon as possible.
Prior to the announcement, J-Hope released a single song titled "on the street" in collaboration with American J. Cole. The two artists showcased outstanding rapping skills in their own language. The song, which entered Billboard Hot 100 chart, gained 23 million views on YouTube through its music video.
In South Korea, all able-bodied males aged 18 to 28 must do their military service for at least 18 months unless they have a valid reason for exemption. Evading military service could significantly damage male celebrities' reputations in the country which is technically at war with North Korea. BTS members would be allowed to participate in limited group activities such as concerts outside barracks if top commanders make an exceptional judgment that their reunion will promote national interest.
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