BTS members RM and V Completes Basic Military Training and Receives Commendations
K-pop idols, RM and V from the group BTS, have been commended for their successful completion of basic military training. The two members enlisted in the military on Dec. 11 and underwent training at the Korea Army Training Center in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province. After five weeks of rigorous training, RM and V attended the new recruit training completion ceremony on Jan. 16, where they were recognized as elite military trainees and received commendations.
RM took to Instagram to share photos of himself and V wearing military uniforms and proudly displaying their commendations, which garnered over four million likes. The elite trainee award commendation recognized their exemplary dedication, fulfillment of responsibilities, and mutual respect during their training.
The elite trainee awards were based on criteria including a 1.5 km run under five minutes and 28 seconds, a 3 km run under 12 minutes and 30 seconds, 86 sit-ups or more in two minutes, 72 push-ups or more in two minutes, and 16 out of 20 shooting shots. The perks of the award include the ability to stay out on the day of the graduation ceremony, early promotion, and reward vacation time.
All BTS members are currently fulfilling their military service and are expected to complete it by June 2025, with plans to regroup in that year. RM and V, who are serving as active duty soldiers, are expected to be discharged from the military on June 10, 2025, after completing their mandatory 18 months of service.