(Seoul, Korea) Group BTS (BTS) announced their intention to enlist in turn, starting with the eldest brother Jin.
Big Hit Music, the management company of BTS, announced on the 17th, “Jin will apply to cancel his enlistment at the end of this month and will follow the enlistment procedure of the Military Manpower Administration.
Jin, who was born in 1992 and is 30 years old, received a recommendation from the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism to postpone his enlistment in accordance with the Military Service Act amended in 2020, and his enlistment has been postponed until the end of this year.
The current Military Service Act stipulates that persons with special skills in the fields of arts and sports prescribed by Presidential Decree, recommended by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, may be transferred as arts and sports personnel.
However, according to the Enforcement Decree, ‘popular culture’ is not included in the specialty in the field of arts and sports, so the issue of equity for pop culture artists who promote national prestige has been raised.
In the pop music world, there were voices demanding that BTS should be allowed to perform alternative military service, but discussions at the National Assembly were sluggish.
As BTS withdraws its ‘postponing enlistment until the age of 30’, Jin is expected to enlist as an active duty soldier as soon as a notice of enlistment is issued. You may even be able to wear military uniforms as early as this year.
BTS mentioned ‘the last concert’ at their solo concert ‘Yet To Come in Busan’ held at the Busan Asiad Main Stadium on the 15th.
In June, BTS released an anthology album ‘Proof’ covering the 9-year history of BTS, and announced that they would continue their music journey with a focus on solo activities rather than group activities.
Jin said at this Busan concert, “The fact that time passed so quickly is proof that we had such a happy time.”
He also said, “This is the last concert we are holding for now.” “I thought, ‘When can we do it again?”