Who Is GOT7’s Leader While Jay B Is Fulfilling His Mandatory Military Service? BamBam Responds

“Are you the leader of GOT7 until Jay B returns from the army?”

GOT7‘s BamBam recently revealed who is the current leader of the group as Jay B is fulfilling his mandatory military enlistment.

BamBam (left) and Jay B (right) | JYP Entertainment

Jay B, the leader of GOT7, quietly enlisted, shocking everyone. Most discovered that Jay B had already enlisted when the Korean press Herald Corp shared on February 10 (KST) that Jay B made a generous donation of ₩60.0 million KRW (about $47,300 USD) to the Green Umbrella Child Fund Korea organization. They wrote, “Jay B is currently completing his military duty as a public service work personnel.”

Headline reads, “GOT7’s Jay B Splurges 60,000,000 KRW For Earthquake Relief During His Public Service Enlistment.” | Herald Corp

Previously, Jay B did hint about enlisting this year when he released his album Seaonal Hiatus. The album contains a calendar dated from February 2023 to November 2024, the approximate length of time Jay B will be gone to carry out his 21 months of service.

“Season Hiatus” album | @cdnzarecords/Twitter

Since GOT7’s leader will be busy fulfilling his duty for a while, some have wondered if another member will step up to the position in the meantime. Some K-Pop groups choose to have interim leaders when one serves in the military while they’re still active. For example, while MONSTA X‘s Shownu has served as a public service worker, Minhyuk has acted as leader. Shownu will finish his service on April 21, and Minhyuk will enlist on April 4.

Minhyuk (left) and Shownu (right)

So, during a recent live broadcast via Weverse, an Ahgase asked BamBam if he is the leader until Jay B returns from the army. This sparked BamBam to laugh.

Are you the leader of GOT7 until Jay B returns from the army? No, no, no, no.

— BamBam

| BAMBAM/Weverse

BamBam replied immediately, putting an end to any speculations. Jay B has always been and will always be the leader of GOT7, even during his enlistment.

Even (if) Jay B hyung is in the army right now, leader is gonna be leader forever. No one is gonna take that place, and I don’t want to take that place from him.

— BamBam


While BamBam is known to often tease Jay B (they are “Tom and Jerry,” after all), he proves that he does truly respect and admire his leader.

While Jay B is serving, he remains fairly active on social media. He finally revealed his buzzcut recently. Check it out below.

GOT7’s Jay B Finally Shows Off His Post Enlistment Buzz Cut

Check out BamBam’s full response below.