Bad news for BTS fans! Jin (Kim Seok-Jin) could leave the super K-pop boyband in 2020 due to mandatory military service by the South Korean government.

Mandatory Military Service?

Under the Military Service Act of 1949 which was implemented in 1957, male citizens between the ages of 18 and 28 are required to perform compulsory military service. Their service should at least last for 21 months.

Given that Jin was born on December 4, 1992, making him currently 26 years old (internationally) and 27 years old (Korean age), it was only a matter of time that he would have to leave the group to perform his duties for his country.

Note: Koreans have two different ages. To know more about it, check out this article from EliteReaders.

Is There Any Way For Jin To Avoid The Compulsory Military Service?

Yes, there is a way. In fact, there are a few ways actually to escape it (legally, at least), but they aren’t easy to achieve.

For starters, women aren’t required to perform military service, but they can volunteer.

But for a male citizen that’s between the ages of 18 and 28 to avoid the compulsory military service, they have to meet at least one of these conditions, according to a report they should:

  • Win a medal at the Olympics.
  • Top the podium at the Asian Games.
  • Win first or second place at an international arts competition.

In regards to winning the first or second place at an international arts competition, unfortunately, winners of a pop music competition such as the Billboard albums chart doesn’t count.

What are your thoughts about Jin leaving the group in 2020 to perform compulsory military service?