After months of speculation over South Korean band BTS’ compulsory enlistment in the military, BTS member Jin has confirmed his military enlistment date.
Although many exceptions were made for K-pop band members BTS as far as their compulsory military enlistment was concerned, singer Jin has now confirmed that he is starting with his military duties from December 13, 2022.
Jin, who is the oldest member of BTS, has requested the band’s fans, popularly called the BTS ARMY, not to visit him at the military camp. On Thursday, he took to Weverse and sared this:
"There's an article out there that I hadn't planned on being published.. in any case, ARMYs, I ask that you please refrain from coming to the training centre. There will be many other people there and it could get dangerous with a big crowd. Army I love you."
The aforementioned note, however, is a translated version of what was originally said by the singer.
Fans of the band, especially of Jin’s, aren’t happy with the latest development.
A fan wrote on Twitter, "I feel mixed emotions, I feel sad because Jin will be enlisted soon at the same time angry because they invade Jin's privacy." "Now that we know he has to go, what about his safety and privacy?! He's not even in yet and already information has leaked. He needs to be protected from people that are going to try and sell him out," tweeted a second person.” A third user said, “This cannot be emphasised enough but please respect his wishes and leave him alone.”
"I hope they will understand this situation if they really really is a real ARMY.... Because he is thinking about our safety!!!! Love yourself first before y'all decide to love artist... That's more like it," read another tweet.
Yes, in an official statement, K-Pop band BTS has announced through their agency HYBE that BTS member Jin will be cancelling on his previous request of delaying his compulsory military service towards his country.
“BTS member Jin will request to cancel the delay of his military enlistment in late October and then follow the enlistment process of the Military Manpower Administration. The other members will then follow with their enlistments according to their individual plans," said BTS' official announcement that was released globally on October 17, 2022.
For the uninitiated, military service is mandatory for one and all in South Korea, especially all the able-bodied men aged between 18 and 28 with exceptions made only for athletes, traditional musicians and dancers. In 2020, the upper-age limit for enlisting in the army was extended for BTS but it has now been announced that all members of the group will serve in the military, reports have confirmed.
The band, who enjoys a strong global fan base, frequently interacts with their fans virtually. BTS comprises V, Jimin, Jungkook, J-Hope, Suga, Jin, and RM.
Recently, during one a virtual get-together on Weverse, Jimin got talking about food and his favourites. When fans started firing him question sabout different kinds of food from around the world, with some even recommending to try out new dishes, Jimin was quick to respond to one Indian fan's biryani suggestion.