J-Hope of BTS’ Resume Mandatory Military Service
J-Hope, a member of the well-known South Korean K-pop boy band BTS, Jung Ho-seok, started his required military service in the country’s armed services on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old vocalist, who became the second member of the band to do so after the recruitment of the eldest member of the ensemble, Kim ‘Jin’ Seok-jin in December, said “I’ll be back later” on fan network Weverse on Monday along with a photo of his shaven head.
J-Hope was reportedly lifted into a van as he arrived at the military induction ceremony location in the municipality of Wonju, which is close to the city’s capital of South Korea, Seoul, according to Yonhap, a South Korean press source.
All South Koreans who are physically capable within the ages of 18 and 28 must enlist in the military and perform an 18 to 21-month period of obligatory service. The Grammy-nominated band’s whole lineup plans to serve their country in the military by 2025.
Fans all across the world are in a frenzy at the thought of the band members joining the military. And a few South Korean officials have suggested exempting them from the conscription so as to allow them to continue their musical careers.