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Jin is the First BTS Member in the Group to be Enlisted in the Military

by Serena Martinez / Oct 17, 2022 11:03 AM EDT
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Korean music and talent company HYBE has officially announced that BTS will be enlisted for military service. The first member to be enlisted is Jin who is the eldest member of the popular 7-member boy group.

Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup and Culture Minister Park Go Gyun said in a statement previously that "it is desirable" for the members of BTS to accomplish their military duties to make sure that there is fairness in South Korea's military service.

Under the South Korean law, Korean men are required to perform military service for a period of 18 to 21 months. The law also provides exemptions to Korean athletes, musicians (classical and traditional), and dancers (e.g. ballet) who have won in major competitions that bring pride and prestige to the country. Since this is mandatory, some would have to suspend their professional careers. The exemptions of the service are still a highly sensitive topic until this day.

Many fans do not wish for the group to go into the mandatory Korean military service as this would cause them to have a major hiatus and no new music releases from them for a long period time.

Back in August, Lee stated if ever BTS would join the military, there are still likely to be allowed to continue practicing and join nonserving members of the K-pop group in overseas group tours. 

BTS or Bangtan Sonyeondan made its debut in 2010 under the South Korean record label Big Hit Entertainment (now HYBE). The group consists of the following members: Jimin, SUGA, RM, Jin, Jung Kook, V, and J-Hope. BTS became a major hit in the international scene due to their collabs with various international artists in the west. A few of their chart-topping hits are Butter, Permission to Dance, and more.

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