Jin, the oldest member of the K-pop band BTS, will begin his mandatory military service on Dec. 13, South Korean newspaper Aju Business Daily reported Thursday, citing unnamed military authorities.
Jin, who turns 30 on Dec. 4, will be deployed to a unit after five weeks of boot camp training, the paper reported.
Spokesmen for BTS’ bureau, HYBE, and South Korea’s defense ministry declined to confirm the report.
In a social media post last week, Jin hinted that he was moving towards a front-line position.
After years of uncertainty, the group announced in October that they would be entering military service, starting with Jin. The group plans to pursue individual projects and reunite in 2025 after everyone has served, HYBE said at the time.
All able-bodied males in South Korea between the ages of 18 and 28 must serve 18 to 21 months in the military. However, some categories have received waivers or served shorter terms, including Olympic and Asian Games medalists, and classical musicians and dancers who win top prizes in certain competitions. Some lawmakers had called for BTS to be exempted.
South Korea’s defense minister has suggested that BTS can still perform abroad while serving in the military.