BigHit asks fans not to visit BTS members when they enter boot camps
BTS's agency, BigHit Music, asked the band's fans not to visit the site of band members' entry site for basic training.
The request follows the announcement that the remaining four band members who haven't started their mandatory service will enlist soon.
RM and V will begin their service on Monday, followed by Jimin and Jungkook on Dec. 12.
"To prevent any issues that might occur from crowding, fans are advised to refrain from visiting the site," the agency said on Weverse. "Please convey your warm regards and encouragement in your hearts only."
"We ask for your continued love and support for RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook until they complete their military service and return," BigHit Music added.
No official events are set to take place on the days of the members' entry, according to the agency.
All Korean men are required to serve at least 18 months in the military, depending on where and how they complete their mandatory service. Basic military training takes place at boot camps, where K-pop fans often visit to bid farewell to their favorite idols.
BigHit Music had also asked fans to refrain from coming to the site when other members — Jin, J-Hope and Suga — started their services.
J-Hope, who started his service on April 18, entered his designated boot camp without getting out of his car to greet fans who were at the site or speak to reporters, unlike other K-pop stars who often greet their fans and speak to the press before entering the boot camp.
The agency also requested for fans to refrain from visiting Suga's workplace during the period of his service. Suga is completing his service as a social service agent.
All members of BTS will be serving as of December. Jin was the first to start his service in December last year, followed by J-Hope in April and Suga in September.
Jin, who started first, is slated to complete his military service in June of next year. J-Hope will complete his service in October 2024, and Suga in June 2025. Suga has to serve longer as he has to serve for a total of 21 months as a social service agent.
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