AceShowbiz - BTS (Bangtan Boys) apparently had a small farewell party for one of its own members, Jin, who has just begun his military service. On the same day he enlisted into Yeoncheon bootcamp, the group's official Twitter page shared two new photos.
In the images, all seven members of the South Korean boygroup gathered in front of a brick wall. Jin, who was standing in the center, wore a cap, but he took it off in the second photo, showing off his new buzz cut.
The boys linked arms in the first photo and faced the camera, while they goofed around in the second one. RM, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook playfully put their hands on Jin's newly-shaved head as the 30-year-old sheepishly smiled.
"my brother!! Come back safely!! Love you," read the caption.
Jin began his mandatory military service on Tuesday, December 13 local time. One day before his enlistment, he took to Weverse to unveil his new haircut. He joked that he looked "cuter" than expected with the shorter hairstyle.
The band's music performance director Sungdeuk Son also shared a photo of Jin with his new hair on his Instagram page. The choreographer captioned it, "I hope you have a healthy trip and be a precious time in your life.."
Meanwhile, HYBE released a statement to advise ARMY not to come to the training center on the day of Jin's enlistment to avoid a huge mass. "We are informing you regarding BTS’s Jin's military enlistment. Jin will be enlisting in the army as an active-duty soldier to fulfill his military duty. As we have announced before, there is no separate official event on the day of admission to the recruit training center," read the statement.
It continued, "On the day of, the site is expected to be very crowded with enlisting soldiers, family members, and some fans. We ask the media to please refrain from visiting the site. In order to prevent safety accidents caused by on-site congestion, Jin will enter the grounds of the recruit training center while in a vehicle without greeting the media or fans separately. Due to the nature of the venue, we ask for your understanding that there is no separate waiting space for reporters."
"The agency will not spare its efforts and continued support until the day Jin fulfills his military service duties and returns in good health," the statement concluded. "Thank you."
Meanwhile, new reports have also surfaced that Suga will be assigned to serve as a public service worker. To this rumors, HYBE responded in a separate statement, "BTS members plan to serve in the military sequentially according to their own plans. It is difficult to confirm the artist's personal information."
Suga underwent a surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder in 2020, which could spare him from serving active duty.