Kim Seok-jin: K-pop star BTS member Jin to begin military service on Dec. 13

Jin, the oldest member of the K-pop group BTS, will begin his mandatory military service on December 13, according to South Korean newspaper Aju Business Daily, citing unnamed military officials.

Kim Seok-jin, who turns 30 on December 4, will be deployed to a unit after five weeks of training at the boot camp, according to the paper.

Kim Seok-jin: K-pop star BTS member Jin to begin military service on Dec. 13

The South Korean Ministry of Defense and BTS’s agency, HYBE, both declined to confirm the report.

Jin hinted last week on social media that he was on his way to the “front lines.”

After years of uncertainty, the group announced in October it would go on mandatory military service, starting with Jin. The group plans to pursue individual projects and reunite in 2025 after all had served, HYBE said at the time.

Kim Seok-jin: K-pop star BTS member Jin to begin military service on Dec. 13

All able-bodied men in South Korea between the ages of 18 and 28 must serve in the military for 18 to 21 months. Olympic and Asian Games medal winners, as well as classical musicians and dancers who win top prizes in certain competitions, have received exemptions or served for shorter periods. Some lawmakers advocated for the exemption of BTS.

South Korea’s defense minister has suggested that BTS could still perform overseas while serving in the military.

Kim Seok-jin: K-pop star BTS member Jin to begin military service on Dec. 13

All able-bodied men in South Korea between the ages of 18 and 28 must serve in the military for 18 to 21 months. Olympic and Asian Games medal winners, as well as classical musicians and dancers who win top prizes in certain competitions, have received exemptions or served for shorter periods. Some lawmakers advocated for the exemption of BTS.

South Korea’s defense minister has suggested that BTS could still perform overseas while serving in the military.

source:nsemwokrom.com