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BTS member Jin will begin compulsory military service on December 13


Jin, the oldest member of K-pop group BTS, will begin his compulsory military service on December 13, South Korean newspaper Aju Business Daily reported on Thursday, citing unnamed military authorities.

Jin, who turns 30 on Dec. 4, will be deployed to a unit after receiving five weeks of training at boot camp, the newspaper reported.

Spokespersons for BTS, HYBE, and the South Korean Ministry of Defense declined to confirm the information.

In a social media post last week, Jin hinted that he was heading for a “front line” position.

After years of uncertainty, the group announced in October that they would perform their mandatory military service, starting with Jin. The group plans to pursue individual projects and reunite in 2025 after all have served, HYBE said at the time.

Jin hinted last week that he was headed for a “front line” position.
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All able bodied men in South Korea between the ages of 18 and 28 must serve in the military for 18 to 21 months. Some categories, however, have been granted exemptions or served for shorter periods, including Olympic and Asian Games medalists, and classical musicians and dancers who win top prizes at certain competitions. Some lawmakers had requested that BTS be exempted.

The South Korean Defense Minister suggested that BTS could still perform overseas while serving in the military.

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