A second member of South Korean boyband BTS has begun his military service.
J-Hope is the second K-pop star to have put his career on hold in order to serve in the South Korean military.
Yonhap News Agency reports that the singer Jung Ho-seok kept a low-profile as his van entered the venue of the military enlistment in Wonju, in the Gangwon Province, on Tuesday.
J-Hope addressed his fans via Instagram with the caption: “I will have a great trip !!.”
He posted a picture of his shaved hair on Weverse, a platform for fans.
Fans left more than 10,000 comments wishing for the safe return of the singer after he completed his military service.
The official BTS account on Twitter posted a picture of the boyband supporting the singer with the caption “I love J-Hope.”
Fans responded quickly to the post with well wishes and support.
One user said, “Serve well J Hope!”
Another wrote: “We will be waiting for you in all seasons.”
One fan wrote: “Hobi, please go and serve safely.”
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The agency of the Grammy-nominated BTS band announced that the members would complete their military service by 2025.
Men between 18 and 35 must serve 18 to 22 months in the South Korean military.
The country is still in a high state of readiness, despite tensions with North Korea that date back to the Korean War.
The commissioner of the Military Manpower Administration, Lee Ki Sik told South Korean lawmakers last year that it was “desirable’ for all BTS to fulfill their military duties.
Kim Seok Jin, also known as Jin, the oldest member of the band, began his military service in December 2022.
Women are not required by law to serve in the military, but they can volunteer.