Jin of BTS will cancel the postponement of his enlistment and join the military. Following Jin, the other members will also perform their military service sequentially, ending the controversy related to their enlistment issue.
On Oct 17th, BTS’s agency HYBE announced that “BTS has begun the preparations to fulfill their military service obligations,” as well as their plans for future activities.
HYBE said, “Jin of BTS will apply for the cancellation of his enlistment postponement at the end of October 2022 and will follow the procedure related to his enlistment by the Military Manpower Administration. Other members will also perform their military service sequentially according to their respective plans.”
Jin, the oldest member of BTS, was born in 1992, and is 30 years old this year. After Jin’s enlistment, Suga, born in 1993, J-hope and RM, born in 1994, Jimin and V, born in 1995, and Jungkook, born in 1997 will join the military one after another.
Jin, who had been recommended by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism to postpone his enlistment until the end of this year under the revised military service law in 2020, will join the active-duty military service as soon as a notice of enlistment is issued.
The Military Service Act allows people recommended by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism to be incorporated into art and sports personnel as specialists in the arts and sports fields prescribed by Presidential Decree. However, the Enforcement Decree of the Military Service Act does not include “popular culture” in the arts and sports sector, raising equity issues.
In the case of BTS, it was suggested that they should be allowed to serve alternatively by acknowledging that they were the first K-POP artists to top the U.S. Billboard main single chart “Hot 100” and album chart “Billboard 200,” but discussions have not progressed at all.
Jin recently met his fans through a free concert at the Busan Asiad Main Stadium in Yeonje-gu, Busan, on the afternoon of Oct 15th, where he said, “This is the last concert scheduled for me.”
Two days later, Jin reported his decision to join the military. If Jin submits a request to cancel the postponement of his enlistment at the end of this month, he is likely to join the army as early as the end of this year, depending on the number of people waiting for enlistment.
Meanwhile, by 2023, BTS members will focus on their individual activities for the time being in line with their military service plans.
BTS’ agency, HYBE, said, “We and the members are hoping for full-fledged activities of BTS in 2025, but we ask for your understanding that we cannot specify the exact timing.”