AFTER BTS star Jin’s official enlistment in the military, it looks like Suga will be next to perform his mandatory service.
Local Korean news outlets reported that Suga would be joining the army as a social service agent.
According to The Korean Herald, the second oldest member of the KPop boy group Bangtan Sonyeondan, Min Yoon-gi, professionally known as Suga, will be enlisting as a social service agent instead of an active soldier.
A social service agent is an alternative form of military service for individuals “deemed unfit to serve as soldiers in a military base due to a number of factors such as health, financial difficulties and family situation,” as per Asian News Network.
In 2020, Suga suffered from an injury after tearing his shoulder labrum.
BIGHIT Entertainment announced in November 2020 that the rapper had undergone surgery and would be absent in the group’s promotional activities.
“Suga underwent surgery to repair his torn shoulder labrum on November 3,” the company wrote. “The surgery, to address a problem that had constantly been a health and wellness issue for Suga, was completed successfully and he is currently resting and recovering following his physician’s advice that Suga must undergo a strict and unhindered period of recovery.”
Fans are speculating that Suga’s assignment is due to his previous shoulder injury.
Other details of the KPop star’s mandatory military enlistment are yet to be revealed.
But BIGHIT Music issued a response to local media’s announcement, saying “[Members] will be enlisting in the military in order according to their individual plans.”
It refused to confirm details regarding the members’ personal matters.
On October 17, BIGHIT Music disclosed the KPop sensation’s plans to carry out their military duties.
“After the phenomenal concert to support Busan’s bid for the World Expo 2030, and as each individual embarks on solo endeavors, it’s the perfect time and the members of BTS are honored to serve,” it said.
Earlier this month, BTS’ oldest member, Jin or Kim Seok-jin, began his 18-month long military service. He is expected to return in June 2024.
In South Korea, all able-bodied men are mandated to enlist in the military on or before turning 28 as a line of defense against threats from nuclear-armed neighboring countries, including North Korea. However, KPop artists are granted exemptions, allowing them to delay their service until they are 30 years old.