Jin shared a private moment with his fans ahead of his mandatory military enlistment on Tuesday.
The superstar uploaded a selfie to BTS fan community site WeVerse showing off his trendy new haircut. Gone is his signature long locks that were on full display in his recent ‘Astronaut’ music video and instead, the 30-year-old is rocking a super short style, commonly referred to as the ‘induction cut’, like the hairstyle used by the forces. armies of many countries, including the United States. Jin captioned the photo with a laugh, saying he thought the new cut was “cuter than I thought.”
Unlike a trendy barber cut, the military haircut does not consider length or facial features, but is cut evenly all around the head. All recruits in South Korea must have their hair cut before weeks of basic training programs at the start of their service. According to national law, all able-bodied South Korean men must serve in the armed forces for at least 18 months with varying lengths of service. While the draft starts once they turn 18, men can postpone it until they turn 28. In December 2020, the Korean National Assembly passed a motion (dubbed the “BTS Law”) to allow top K-pop stars to postpone service for up to 30 years with a recommendation from the Minister of Culture.
BTS’ management label BIGHIT MUSIC recently shared a notice to fans that there will be no “official event” to mark the star’s enlistment.
“Jin will fulfill his required time with the military by enlisting in the military,” read a note from BIGHIT on BTS’ Weverse. “Please note that we will not be holding any kind of formal event on the day of his recruitment. The induction ceremony is a time for service members and their families only. In order to avoid any issues that may arise due to crowding , we ask fans to refrain from visiting the site, instead we ask that you keep your heartwarming words of support and farewell in your hearts.
Instead of sending it in person, fans wished the star the best through social media posts and hashtags like #FarewellJin, #Until We MeetJin and #SafeFlightOurAstronaut. Jin is the first of seven BTS members to fulfill his mandatory obligations.
Click here to see Jin’s new photo.