Jin became the first BTS member to enlist in the military

BTS member Jin has officially been drafted into the military.

Today (December 13), the 30-year-old became the first member of the boy band to start military service after entering a boot camp in Yeon-cheon, South Korea. According to South Korean law, all able-bodied male citizens must complete 18-21 months of military service.

Men are usually required to enter the military before they reach the age of 28, but the Order of Cultural Merit awarded to BTS by former President Moon Jae-in in 2018 allows seven members of the boy band to enlist in their 30s.

In the weeks leading up to Jin’s enlistment, the idol and his agency also repeatedly asked fans to refrain from attending his training camp during his enlistment ceremony. “Please note that we will not be holding any official event on the day of his induction,” the agency said, adding that the event “should only be observed by service members and their families.”

Nevertheless, police officers in Yeon-chon prepared for Jin’s arrival at the military base by closing several roads and deploying an ambulance in case of overcrowding.

According to Business daily, Jin entered the training center around 1 p.m. in an unmarked vehicle without stopping to greet the press or fans (as his label Big Hit Music said). Cars with six of his bandmates reportedly followed shortly after, suggesting that the rest of BTS attended Jin’s entrance.

According to OSEN, there are about 200 soldiers in this group of soldiers. It was also reported that on the way to the base, a banner reading “Kim Seok-jin and all soldiers welcome to the call-up” was put up, possibly by fans. According to information, a small number of fans gathered at this place Associated Press.

Two nights ago (December 11th), Jin visited a fan club site Weverse to flaunt his new buzzcut in a selfie. “This is cuter than I expected,” the idol wrote in the caption.

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Jin’s ramblings are revealed. Credit: Weverse.

Jin will now undergo basic military training at the Yeon-chon base for five weeks. After that, the idol will be assigned a role as an active duty soldier in the army, where he is expected to serve for one year and six months. This means that Jin could return from service in mid-2024.

According to a statement released by Big Hit Music on October 17, the remaining members of BTS will also be serving their military service according to their individual plans. It added that “both the company and BTS members look forward to reuniting as a group in 2025 after their service commitments.”

This suggests that some of BTS’ younger members may be joining the ranks sooner than expected, as Jimin and V technically only have until 2025 and youngest member Jungkook until 2027. The next member could be rapper Suga, who turns 30. March 2023.

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BTS. Credit: Big Hit Music

In the months leading up to Big Hit Music’s statement in October, South Korean politicians had been embroiled in months of debate over whether the boy band could receive military service benefits or special allowances. A day after Big Hit Music confirmed that BTS will fulfill their military obligations, South Korea’s defense ministry said the group could still participate in “national-level” events.

Before enlisting, Jin made his solo debut with the single “Astronaut”, which he co-wrote with Coldplay. The track is among several solo releases from BTS members this year, including J-Hope and RM’s respective debut studio records, “Jack in The Box” and “Indigo.”

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