The members of K-pop group BTS will perform mandatory military service in accordance with South Korean law, according to their management company.
The announcement effectively shuts down the debate about the band’s release due to their artistic achievements.
Big Hit Music announced that the group’s oldest member, Jin, will withdraw his request to defer his military enlistment at the end of the month and take the necessary measures.
Six other members also plan to serve in the military, the company said in a filing with financial regulators, which it described as management-related information that could influence investment decisions.
Big Hit released another statement on Twitter, saying that the company and BTS members “look forward to reuniting as a group around 2025 after their service commitments.”
No further information was given on their terms of service.
The band members performed together in Busan over the weekend in support of the city’s Expo bid, but it appears only solo projects are planned until 2025.
The announcement comes after Lee Ki-sik, the commissioner of the Military Personnel Administration, told lawmakers this month that it would be “desirable” for BTS members to fulfill their military duties to ensure the fairness of military service in the country.
The question of whether BTS members should serve in the military has been hotly debated in South Korea as Jin faces a possible draft early next year after turning 30 in December.
Under South Korean law, most able-bodied men must complete 18-21 months of military service, but special exemptions have been granted for athletes and entertainers who have excelled in certain international competitions associated with national prestige.
Because conscription in South Korea interrupts young men in their professional careers or studies, draft evasion or exemptions are a highly sensitive issue.
Public opinion polls in recent weeks have shown that the public is divided on whether BTS members should serve in the military.