Jin will be assigned to a unit after a five-week basic training course.
He is the first, and oldest, of the seven-member K-pop group to begin the mandatory military service, which is required for almost all able-bodied men to serve in the South Korean army for 18 months by the time they are 28 years old. A bill passed by parliament in 2020 allows men who "excel in popular culture and art" — pop stars — to defer until they're 30 years old. Jin turns 30 on December 4.
As Jin gears up for service, he posted a message to his fans on Weverse discouraging them from visiting the training center. "Reports have come out against my will, but our ARMYs should not come to the training center. It could be dangerous because the place will be crowded with many people besides me who are coming. ARMY, I love you," he wrote.