Seoul, South Korea
K-pop star Jin He will start his mandatory military service next month, a source familiar with the situation confirmed on Friday, after the BTS singer pleaded with the supergroup’s loyal fans to stay away from the South Korean army training center.
The source said the 29-year-old star, the oldest member of BTS, will enter service on December 13 at Yeoncheon Army Base in North Gyeonggi Province.
Military service is compulsory in South Korea, where almost all able-bodied men are required to serve in the military for 18 months by the time they turn 28.
South Korean parliament A bill passed in 2020 Allowing pop stars—that is, those who “excel in popular culture and art”—to defer their service until the age of 30.
Jin’s service will begin with a five-week basic training course before being assigned to the unit, based on standard practice.
This move was widely expected.
Last month, BTS’ record company said that all seven members of the group were Planning for military service And Jin — who will turn 30 on December 4 — will be the first to be inducted.
On Thursday, Jin posted a message on the fan community app reverseHe urged fans not to visit the military training center to get to know him, amid news of his imminent enlistment. He did not deny what was stated in the post.
He wrote, “The reports were issued against my will, but our BTS (ARMY) fans, should not come to the training center.” “It could be dangerous because the place will be crowded with many people coming next to me. Armie, I love you.”
BTS has been frequently compared to The Beatles, even breaking an English rock group record with three Billboard No. 1 albums in one year.
Their loyal fan base calls themselves the “BTS Army,” pushing their music and defending them on social media in 2019 when the group was disqualified from Grammy nominations. They are nominated for three Grammy Awards in 2023.
With their military service looming, BTS said in June that they would Press pause To pursue individual projects. The group is expected to meet again in 2025, according to their record label.
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