BTS’s Jin to begin military service next month

Jinthe oldest member of the phenomenon of Kpop BTSbegin to his military service on December 13becoming the first of the band to enlist, local media reported on Thursday.

All healthy South Korean men under the age of 30 should complete approximately two years of military servicemainly because the country is still technically at war with North Korea, which possesses nuclear weapons.

That means the age limit for Jin29, a leading member of the hugely popular septet.

He will begin his mandatory five-week training in Yeoncheon in Gyeonggi province before being sent to a “front-line unit,” the Yonhap news agency reported, citing military and industry sources.

The singer had previously hinted on social media that he had been assigned to the front line.

The news left fans overwhelmed and excited, with some even raising concerns for the safety of Jin.

“My heart literally dropped when I read that they will be deploying to the front line,” one fan tweeted, adding: “This military thing that surrounded bts for years it NEVER really concerned me until now. Why the front line? Why??”.

Another fan said, “I can’t help but think he’s being sent to the toughest, scariest place as punishment.”

A bts credited with generating billions for the economy of South Koreaand his label enjoyed a surge in profits despite playing fewer concerts during the coronavirus pandemic.

But the perspective of military service Mandatory has long haunted K-Pop superstars and sparked a years-long debate in South Korea about whether they deserved exemptions, which are granted to classical musicians and Olympic medalists, for example.

Their agency announced last month that the band members would be performing their military service mandatory, starting with Jin.

Seoul’s defense minister had said in August that bts he could be allowed to continue performing and preparing for international concerts even while performing military duties.