Jin, a member of BTS, has released a new selfie with J-hope and Jimin, marking his comeback to social media after beginning his required military duty in December. In the photo, the K-pop idol is dressed in his military uniform and has a short haircut. It was released on his personal Instagram account. The singer captioned the shot “welcome,” and J-hope commented with a string of laughs and loving emojis.
J-hope began his own enlistment procedure a little over a week ago, according to Big Hit Music. The Order of Cultural Merit bestowed upon BTS by former President Moon Jae-In in 2018 permits the boyband to postpone their conscription until the age of 30 rather than the mandatory age of 28 for all able-bodied male citizens of South Korea. Nevertheless, the label reported that J-hope has withdrawn his prior request for a deferment at the age of 29.
While the label has not announced when J-hope’s service would begin, he will be the second BTS member to join following Jin. Following his enlistment, J-hope said goodbye to fans with his new track “on the street,” which features J. Cole, whom he previously referred to as his “muse.”
Big Hit Music issued a statement in October stating that all seven members of BTS want to complete their military duty periods in accordance with their individual arrangements. The announcement came after a months-long discussion among South Korean officials over whether the boyband should be allowed exemptions or special allowances from military service due to BTS’ cultural and economic worth to the country.
Notwithstanding the absence of exemptions; the South Korean defense government has allowed BTS the right to participate in “national-level” events during their enlistment; something no other musicians have received. Younger members Jimin, V, and Jungkook may enlist sooner than is officially needed; with the goal of reconvening as a group around 2025 after their military commitment.
BTS’ choice to fulfill their military duty responsibilities demonstrates their dedication to their nation; and sets a great example for their millions of fans across the world. Their cultural and economic significance in South Korea cannot be overstated; and the rule permitting them to participate in national-level activities while enlisted acknowledges this impact.