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K-pop boy band BTS member Jin poses for photographs during a photo opportunity promoting their new single 'Butter' in Seoul, South Korea, May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

The oldest member of the K-pop Jin sensation BTS will join on December 13, making him the first in the group to do so, according to local media on Thursday.

 The South Korean Ministry of Defense and BTS organization, HYBE, denied requests for confirmation of the allegation.

Reuters, 24 November: SEOUL The oldest member of the K-pop group BTS, Jin, will start his required military service on December 13, according to a story published on Thursday in the South Korean publication Aju Business Daily.

Because South Korea is still nominally at war with nuclear-armed North Korea, all able-bodied men under the age of 30 are required to serve for around two years in the military.

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RM, center, accompanied by other K-pop supergroup BTS members from left, V, Jungkook, Jimin, Jin, J-Hope, and Suga speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 31, 2022. File | Photo Credit: AP

That indicates that 29-year-old Jin, the senior member of the wildly successful septet, is getting close to the age cutoff.

According to sources in the military and business, e will start his required five-week training at Yeoncheon in the Gyeonggi province before being sent to a “frontline unit.”

On social media, the musician had earlier suggested that he had been put in charge of the front lines.

Fans were shocked and moved by the news; some even expressed worry for Jin’s safety.

The emotions of Jin’s supporters are varied, with some expressing understanding and others feeling let down.

“This military stuff that has surrounded BTS for years NEVER actually concerned me until today, one fan said. “My heart fell when I saw that he will be deployed to the front line. Why the front line? Why??”

“I can’t help but assume they’re sending him to the toughest, scariest area as punishment,” another fan said.

A significant factor in the band’s commercial success is the close emotional bond it has developed with its followers. Millions have found solace in their poetic messages of self-love and remaining true to oneself, which transcend gender, age, and nationality. Those listeners are pleased to reciprocate by supporting BTS.

K-pop Jin bandmates are said to be supportive of his military service decision.

The members of BTS are honored to serve, according to Big Hit, a division of the band’s management company Hybe, which announced on Monday that the members were “going on with plans to fulfill their military service.”

The announcement also stated that “group member Jin will start the process as soon as his schedule for his solo release is completed at the end of October.” “Other group members intend to serve in the military by their plans,”

The choice was made months after BTS declared they would be taking a break from being a group to focus on their solo projects.

To support Busan’s attempt to host the 2030 World Exposition, the band came together to play a free concert there on Saturday.

On their route to topping the charts in the US and UK, the Grammy-winning group sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and received two nominations for Grammy Awards.

The defense minister of South Korea has indicated that BTS could continue to perform abroad while serving.