On October 17, BIGHIT MUSIC announced that BTS would complete their mandatory military service and that Jin would cancel his request to delay his service.
As the sudden announcement was unexpected, many fans are sad about the time between now and 2025 when BIGHIT MUSIC suggests that BTS will “[reconvene] as a group again.”
Many ARMY are using humor to cope with the situation, while others are focusing on how they can spend the time while they wait for BTS.
Here are seven plans that ARMY have for the upcoming years.
1. Finally catch up on all the BTS content they’ve missed
BTS have been continually releasing content since before their debut, like the well-loved Run BTS episodes or Bangtan Bomb YouTube videos. Over the years, many fans have joked about always falling behind on watching the seemingly endless new content, so now ARMY might finally have a chance to get caught up.
Finally I'll have time to catch on that missed BTS content
— Nicolle⁷ Rush Hour(slow/ia) (@EgosShadow7) October 17, 2022
If you don’t know us, we have a organized index with thousands of free BTS content starting from pre-debut! There’s currently 655 entries in our 'Chapter 2' tab. It will definitely keep you busy and help time go by faster ☺️
— BTS Content Index (@index_bts) October 17, 2022
2. Mentally brace for the ticketing process for BTS’s next performance
BTS’s recent Yet To Come concert in Busan had the free tickets sold out within 15 minutes. Although it’s not surprising that BTS would sell out more than 100,000 tickets in such a short time, we can only imagine the nightmare that will be trying to get tickets after everyone’s been awaiting their return.
Already dreading the ticketing process for BTS in 2025
— Vote With ARMY⁷ (@VoteWithARMY) October 17, 2022
3. Get enough money for future tours or comebacks
ARMY are always joking about how broke they are since they want to spend money supporting BTS’s comebacks and other exciting content. Many fans hope that while BTS completes their service, they can save money to spend when the group returns.
in 2025, i probably got my life together i have a professional job, i can pay bills and attend every bts concert.
— sen⁷ 💤 (@sugatradamus) October 17, 2022
My bank is gonna be like whoa why we putting so much money in your savings account like excuse me I will be touring with bts in 2025
— michie⁷ 🌼🐋 (@joonsplantitas) October 17, 2022
god i need to be rich by 2025 im not settling for non barricade im so serious
— athea (@parkmidas) October 17, 2022
Although some fans are pointing out that they’ll still probably be broke since BIGHIT MUSIC definitely won’t stop releasing new content.
army: y’all we will be able to save up for the upcoming concerts of bts in 2025–
hybe: [continues to drop bts official merch every month]
— marie 마리⁷ 🍂 is seeing seventeen! (@ikigaiofjoon) October 17, 2022
4. Learn Korean
BTS was able to become so popular internationally in large part due to fanbases that have been dedicated to translating content for fans who don’t speak Korean. These dedicated translators and official subtitles have helped international ARMY enjoy BTS content. Still, now that ARMY have the time, many are planning to study Korean to better understand and communicate with BTS.
if i'm not fluent in korean by 2025… that's on me
— aida⁷ (@jindelune) October 17, 2022
5. Stream and break new records
ARMY are always hosting different streaming parties on Twitter, getting older songs to chart and reach new milestones as they continually support BTS’s music. This way for ARMY to bond and support BTS will likely only grow while BTS serve since it’s the perfect way to show BTS their never-ending support.
GUYS STREAMING PARTIES EVERY WEEK , RUN BTS RE-WATCH PARTIES FROM STARTING , JIN NEW WORK , 2013-2022 MUSIC ITS A LOT FUCKING LOT , BON VOYAGES , IN THE SOOP LETS BEHAVE LIKE BABY ARMYS ALL OVER IN THESE YEARS
— mika⁷ (@uhgood_77) October 17, 2022
Do you know where the beauty of the subject is?! Here, even during the time when the boys are completing their military service, we are going to set a new record for them and get them a whole award. army are you ready?
"BTS in 2025" pic.twitter.com/Mgsjow5ylX
— yoongi marry me (@anahita190) October 17, 2022
6. Have new life experiences
Since 2025 is a couple of years away, many ARMY will likely enter new chapters of their lives by graduating from school, getting new jobs, reaching further steps in their relationships, and achieving personal goals. ARMY are excited to support the people that BTS and they themselves have become in 2025.
2025, by the time I may get married, get job to pay the cost of my dream BTS concert. We will welcome you BTS with new life experience but with same enthusiasm and love. Take care and come soon.
— زوجة الجندي الى ان يأتي عام 2025 (@llxllsz) October 17, 2022
now i am a little excited about the version of me i'll show to bts in 2025, i wonder if i'll have finished uni by that time, where i'll be living and what i will be doing. tannies, i hope there will be a better version of me, i'll wait for u ready to live good times together! ily
— bun ♡⁷ (@jminielune) October 17, 2022
7. Learn to “love yourself”
BTS have always promoted the concept of self-love, encouraging all ARMY to learn to accept and appreciate themselves. Now is as good a time as any for ARMY to practice self-love and prepare to greet BTS with a new version of themselves inspired by all that BTS has taught them.
i promise i’m going to meet bts in 2025 with a better version of myself they’ve shaped me into who i am today and i’m still trying and trying to love myself and accept me. i’ll continue my studies and meet them as a new person in the future. my tannies I LOVE YOU
— konsti ⁷ jimtober♡ (@jmnberries) October 17, 2022
i wanna meet bts in 2025 as a more fulfilled me.
at their glorious comeback tour, i’ll be so proud of not just them, but of myself too.
when jungkook sings “so show me”
& i sing back “i’ll show you”, i’ll show them ive truly lived well while thinking of them everyday.
— Emi⁷~ (IA for Oct) (@EmiYunicorn) October 17, 2022
But if one thing is for sure, ARMY will always be excitedly waiting for and supporting BTS.
2025. i trust bts and will support them until the very end. i will stay in that same spot by their side and wait for them. and while we wait for them, we’ll be sure to be there when they all do their own projects. we still have more concerts and a time capsule to open, right? 💜
— jungkook admirer (@dreamjeons) October 17, 2022