J-Hope from boy band BTS will start his military service on Tuesday.
“I love you ARMY, I’ll be back safely,” J-Hope wrote on his social media accounts on Monday night, sharing a photo of himself with his hair shaved, saluting in front of the camera.
J-Hope also shared a short handwritten message which wrote “I’ll return safely in a healthy shape!!”
According to local media, J-Hope will enlist at a frontline army recruitment center in Gangwon on Tuesday.
The boy band’s agency BigHit Music announced earlier this month that J-Hope will be joining an army boot camp to complete his military service, without sharing the enlistment date or location.
J-Hope, too, shared on a Weverse livestream on March 16 that he had received his enlistment dates.
“It’s not like I can go whenever I want, but the date [of the enlistment] has been set, and I think it’s about time I start preparing for it,” J-Hope had said.
“I thought I should complete [my military service] as soon as possible and return to my fans and show you guys a more mature version of myself.”
In Korea, all able-bodied young men are required to serve around one and a half years in the military. J-Hope will be the second member of BTS to start his military service, following leader Jin, who began his service in December last year.
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