About 270 riot police are deployed and an ambulance is stationed around the Key Recruit Training Center, where Jin enters boot camp. A front line division in Yeoncheon County on the border with North Korea.
Celebrity enlistments in South Korea often attract fans and journalists looking to catch a glimpse of the star before stepping out of the public eye for about two years.
BTS’s agency HYBE said on Monday that Jin, whose real name is Kim Seokjin, will be driven to the military compound without stopping to see him off “in order to prevent a crowd of accidents.”
Registration days at the training center are usually busy with emotional farewells to new recruits and their families. The 30-year-old singer attended boot camp alongside a cohort of about 200 other conscripts, many of whom were younger than him.
All healthy South Korean men between the ages of 18 and 28 are required to serve in the military for at least 18 months, but government-approved K-pop stars like Jin postpone service until age 30. can do.
Jin told the “BTS Army” (the official name for the boy band’s millions-strong fanbase) to refrain from coming on school day. are expected, and HYBE warned of possible overcrowding in a statement Monday.
The K-pop aficionado went viral on social media when she revealed her freshly shaved head. The South Korean military maintains strict grooming standards, including restrictions on hair length.
Jin will undergo a physically demanding five-week basic training course before being assigned to the military. Army trainees learn basic skills such as marching, how to shoot a gun, and how to throw a grenade.
The other six members of BTS are expected to fulfill draft duties based on their individual timelines. will reunite as a group.
Jin made his solo debut in October with the hit single “The Astronaut,” which sold over one million copies.