Reports Say That Six of the BTS Members Accompanied Jin to Military Training Center
Today is the day of BTS member Jin's enlistment in the military. In a latest report, a group of six black caravans arrived at the ROK army's new recruit training center in Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi Province.
It was said that all the members of BTS were riding the six black caravans. This includes its oldest member, Jin. Around 50 fans showed up on the location. Jin requested previously that the fans should respect the civilians as well as their families on the day of the enlisting. He recommended that fans stay at home that seeing him off.
Jin did not hold a ceremony or special event on this day as he remained on his vehicle as it entered into the training center.
BTS was a talk of the town after it was confirmed that the group's members will be enlisted for military service. Korean music and talent company HYBE has officially announced that 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.
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.