Suga, a member of K-pop megagroup BTS, is joining the South Korean military

Suga, a member of the K-pop supergroup BTS, began his military service in South Korea.

“And now the time has come. “I will return after faithfully fulfilling my service,” Suga wrote on the online fan community platform Weverse.

The 30-year-old singer thanked fans for their support so far and urged them to take care of themselves.

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“Stay healthy and see you all in 2025! Army!!!! I am always grateful and love you,” he said goodbye.

Big Hit Music, the band’s record label, said there would be no official events on his enlistment day or his entry into training camp.

“We kindly request fans not to visit SUGA at his workplace during his official duties. Please send your warm greetings and encouragement in your hearts only,” the label wrote on Weverse Sunday.

“We ask for your continued love and support for SUGA until he completes his service and returns. Our company will also endeavor to provide him with any support he may need during this time,” it added.

Suga (third from left) from the South Korean K-pop band BTS has started his military service. (AP PHOTO) Credit: AP
The South Korean K-pop boy band consisted of members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook. Credit: AP

In August, Big Hit released a statement on the fan platform saying that Suga had begun his military enlistment process by requesting to end the postponement of his enlistment.

Military service is compulsory in South Korea. All able-bodied men are expected to serve in the army for 18 months up to the age of 28.

In 2020, the country’s parliament passed a bill allowing pop stars – those who “distinguished themselves in popular culture and art” – to defer their service until the age of 30.

Suga is the third of the seven-member group to join the military, with Jin and J-Hope already serving.

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