HYBE has announced that BTS will enlist in the military in order, starting with Jin, the eldest member of the team.
According to BIG HIT MUSIC, Jin applied to cancel his enlistment extension and will follow the enlistment procedure of the Military Manpower Administration. The other members will also perform military service sequentially according to their plans.
Previously, Jin, who was born in 1992, was permitted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to postpone his enlistment in accordance with the Military Service Act amended in 2020, and his enlistment had 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 and recommended by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism may be given an extension or exemption from service. However, the enforcement ordinance of the Military Service Act does not include 'popular culture' as a specialty in the field of arts and sports, so the issue of whether pop culture figures who promote national prestige can also receive this benefit had been raised. In Korea's entertainment industry, many insisted that BTS should be allowed to enlist in alternative military service, but discussions at the National Assembly level were sluggish.
As Jin has withdrawn his 'postponing enlistment until the age of 30' extension, he is expected to enlist as an active duty soldier as soon as a notice of enlistment is issued.
BIG HIT MUSIC's full statement can be read below: