BTS star to start S Korea navy service subsequent month

The oldest member of Okay-pop phenomenon BTS will start his navy service on December 13, changing into the primary within the band to enlist, native media reported Thursday.
All able-bodied South Korean males below the age of 30 should carry out about two years of navy service, primarily as a result of the nation stays technically at warfare with nuclear-armed North Korea.

Which means the age cut-off is approaching for 29-year-old Jin, senior member of the vastly widespread septet. He’ll start his obligatory five-week coaching at Yeoncheon in Gyeonggi province earlier than being deployed to a “frontline unit”, the Yonhap information company reported, citing navy and business sources.

The singer had beforehand hinted on social media that he had been assigned to the entrance line. The information left followers overwhelmed and emotional, with some even expressing concern about Jin’s security.

“My coronary heart actually dropped after I learn that he can be deployed to the entrance line,” one fan tweeted, including: “This navy factor that encompass BTS for years NEVER actually issues me till now. Why entrance line?? Why??”

One other fan stated: “I can’t assist however suppose they’re sending him to the toughest scariest place as punishment.” BTS are credited with producing billions for the South Korean economic system, and their label loved a surge in income regardless of holding fewer live shows throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

However the prospect of obligatory navy service has lengthy hovered over the Okay-Pop superstars, and has triggered years-long debate in South Korea over whether or not they deserved exemptions — that are given to classical musicians and Olympic medallists, for instance.

Their company introduced final month that band members would perform their obligatory navy service, beginning with Jin. Seoul’s defence minister had stated in August that BTS is likely to be allowed to proceed performing and getting ready for worldwide live shows even whereas enterprise navy duties. — AFP

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