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BTS star Jin celebrates in uniform after completing mandatory military service

Jin, the oldest member of K-pop phenomenon BTS, was discharged from South Korea's army on Wednesday after 18 months of duty. He was the first member of the group to wrap up the mandatory national service that put their music careers on hold.

Eldest member of K-pop group discharged after serving 18 months in South Korean military

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Jin, the oldest member of K-pop phenomenon BTS, was discharged from South Korea's army on Wednesday after 18 months of duty. He was the first member of the group to wrap up mandatory national service that put their music careers on hold.

Jin, 31, wearing his army uniform and a black beret, appeared emotional as he hugged his colleagues at a military base in Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi province, television footage showed.

South Korean media reported that several other members of the septet who are currently serving in the military applied for leave to celebrate the occasion.

Among them was rapper RM, who greeted Jin with a saxophone to play the group's hit single Dynamite.

Jin, of the K-pop band BTS, poses for photographs in Yeoncheon, South Korea, after being discharged from the military.

1st BTS member to enlist

Jin became the first member of the group to enlist in the military in December 2022.

The final four members of the group began their service in December 2023, with the band expected to reunite in 2025 after all complete their service.

Jin plans to kick off his post-army activities with an event in Seoul on Thursday where he will greet fans and take part in an hour-long performance as part of the annual FESTA designed to celebrate BTS.

Jin, in uniform, is seeing being greeted by BTS member J-Hope, after Jin was discharged from the military on Wednesday after serving his mandatory time in the army.

The group debuted on June 13, 2013, and has since become the face of K-pop, South Korea's pop music industry, one of the country's largest cultural exports.

Livestreams of Jin's military discharge were watched on YouTube by hundreds of thousands of people.

South Korea requires all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 28 to serve between 18 to 21 months in the military or social service, but it revised the law in 2020 to let globally recognized K-pop stars delay signing up until age 30.

K-pop boy band BTS member Jin (left, in uniform) is greeted by bandmade RM, outside a military base in Yeoncheon, South Korea.

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