According to reports, Jin, a BTS member has started his compulsory military service in South Korea.
The oldest member of the popular K-Pop group has begun boot camp training near the North Korean border, BBC reported.
After five weeks of training, the performer aged 30 will spend 18 months at the Yeoncheon army bases in northern Gyeonggi. CNN reported.
Security, staff, the media and a few hundred fans, who ignored Jin’s earlier pleas for them to stay away, gathered to catch a glimpse of the star as he entered the barracks, according to CNN.
All able-bodied men can serve in the army, even though South Korea is technically at war with North Korea.
Jin’s six other younger bandmates are expected to join the military in the coming years. This will likely lead to a hiatus for the world’s biggest boy band, the Associated Press reported.
Jin isn’t the only famous face to serve in his country’s military.
In 2020, South Korea’s most famous soccer star Son Heung-min performed his military service during the country’s lockdown. His military service was cut significantly by COVID-19. The forward, who plays club soccer for London’s Tottenham Hotspur, described his military service as “tough” but said he was able to enjoy it during the Premier League’s enforced hiatus, The Guardian reported.