ARMY or A.R.M.Y (아미) is BTS's official fandom name. It was officially established on July 9, 2013, after the first recruitment closed.
"A.R.M.Y" stands for "Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth" and it carries quite some meaning behind it, given that "Army" is associated with the military, body armor, and how those two things are always together, the fandom name basically means that fans will always be together with BTS.
BTS and A.R.M.Y are almost mirror images of each other and they have a relationship that is affected by each other. The symbol of A.R.M.Y is expressed as a door on their viewpoint who is waiting & welcoming BTS on the opposite door when BTS opens a new door.
2nd Recruitment (2014)
The second recruitment opened on December 19, 2014 to January 16, 2015. The benefits of become an official member include receive a membership card, special goods, event book, lotto show twice a month and others events, monthly birthday celebration video, free pass for fanmeeting, first purchase benefits, official fan community level upgrade, exclusive first pick to concerts and events, etc.
3rd Recruitment (2016)
The thrid recruitment opened on February 19, 2016 to March 4, 2016. The benefits of become an official member include receive a membership card, ARMY.ZIP event book, pre-reservations to domestic and overseas concerts, pre-reservation to BTS official fanmeeting, exclusive merchandise, opportunity to participate in open broadcasting, modify the levels of official Fan Cafe and participate in special events.
6th Recruitment (2019)
The benefits of become an official member include receive a membership card, membership kit, exclusive merchandise, early reservation tickets, ticket raffle oppotunities, opportunity to attend domestic tv music program broadcasts, excluive access to BTS Weverse Membership Only content and participate in other online/offline special events.
- In ARMYPEDIA, RM revealed that A.R.M.Y was only one of the choices for the fandom name. If A.R.M.Y didn't get selected as the official fandom name, fans would've been called "Bangwools" or bells.