ARMY

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Synonyms: Army, BTS Fandom, A.R.M.Y., Adorable Representative MC for the Youth
See also: Fandom Nickname
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ARMY is the name given to the worldwide K-pop fanclub of K-pop group BTS. It stands for Adorable Representative MC for the Youth. In Korean, the name is 아미. It holds special meaning since the word "army" is associated with the military and body armor, which goes along with BTS's larger concept of being protectors and speakers for today's youth.

ARMY is known for its international philanthropy in humanitarian causes like environmental clean up, tree planting, and school building. Their numbers are powerful, being capable of charting music high without industry support and overwhelming voting websites. On the other hand, it is also known as toxic and obsessive with invasive sasaeng-like fan behaviors.

Membership

ARMY membership is subject to the discretion of each individual fan. There is an official membership one can buy, provided by BigHit Entertainment. However, many fans don't buy the official membership and still consider themselves an ARMY.

Origin

It was officially established on July 9, 2013 with the first recruitment under BigHit Entertainment.

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

White Paper Project

2019

Purple Carpet

2020

2021

Donations

Fandom Culture

Fanfiction Culture

Relationship with other Fandoms

BLINKS

The BLINK and ARMY fandoms have a strained relationship due to

Controversy and Criticisms