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BTS’s oldest member, Jin will begin military service soon, their agency revealed Monday (October 17).

The group’s seven members will all fulfill their requirement to serve and not seek any further delays or special exemptions, BigHit Music said in a statement.

The oldest member of the group, Jin, who is 29-year-old, has put off his service as long as possible and faces a full stint when he turns 30 in December.

“Jin will cancel the request to delay enlistment in late October 2022 and follow the Military Manpower Administration’s relevant procedures for enlistment,” BTS’ management group HYBE said in a regulatory filing.

“All other members will also serve the mandatory military duty according to their respective plans,” the filing added.

Under South Korean law, all able-bodied men are expected to serve 18 to 21 months in the military to defend against the threat from the country’s nuclear-armed neighbor, North Korea. But the law allows for special exemptions to be made for some, including athletes, musicians and others who enhance the country’s prestige.

The group will come together again in 2025.

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