In October, Big Hit Music confirmed that BTS was planning to go on hiatus until at least 2025 so as to allow each group member to fulfill his mandatory South Korean military service. The statement detailed that Jin, who turned 30 on December 4 (and who is the oldest BTS member), would “initiate the process as soon as his schedule for his solo release is concluded by the end of October. He will then follow the enlistment procedure of the Korean government.” Jin’s solo debut, “Astronaut,” dropped on October 28, and now, he appears to be fully engaged in the military process.
Jin shared a selfie featuring a new buzz cut on Weverse on December 11, which was captured by several BTS fan accounts. “Hehehehehe it’s cuter than I expected,” he wrote as the caption (as noted by Soompi). Jimin also made the photo his new his Weverse profile picture:
[🌟] #Jin wrote a new post on Weverse..!
🐹 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 생각보단 기여움@BTS_twt #BTS #방탄소년단 pic.twitter.com/oidbiHHScS
— BTS Updates, Fancafe & Charts 💙 (@_BTSMoments_) December 11, 2022
jin on weverse 🥺 pic.twitter.com/58L72mwcna
— jin files (@seokjinfile) December 11, 2022
JIMIN changed his Weverse Profile Picture To JIN pic.twitter.com/xJGecWDq8O
— BTS Charts Daily⁷ (@btschartsdailys) December 11, 2022
jimin on weverse for jin he's the sweetest pic.twitter.com/jCTUlLrweI
— ʚ prod. jimin ɞ (@jmnpromise) December 11, 2022
Last week, Big Hit provided an update on Jin’s enlistment. The statement, translated by Soompi, reads as follows:
This is BIGHIT MUSIC.
We want to thank you for your continued support of BTS and would like to update you on Jin’s upcoming enlistment into the military.
Jin will fulfill his required time with the military by enlisting in the army. Please note that we will not be holding any kind of official event on the day of his recruitment.
The entrance ceremony is a time to be observed by military personnel and their families only. In order to prevent any issues that might occur from crowding, we ask fans to please refrain from visiting the site. Instead, we ask you to keep your heartwarming words of support and farewell in your hearts.
We also advise you not to get adversely affected by purchasing unauthorized tours or product packages illegally using artist IP. Our company will take necessary action against any attempts at commercial activity making unauthorized use of such IP.
We ask for your continued love and support for Jin until he finishes his military service and comes back. Our company will also strive to provide every support he needs during this time.
ARMY reacted immensely to BTS’ military-related hiatus, and the outpouring of support for Jin is just as prevalent. See some of the tweets below.
We will wait for you angel 💜 pic.twitter.com/Qyvu1G0Lv9
— Chubs⁷🌙🌊 (@chiarashii) December 11, 2022
grew up to be a fine man he is pic.twitter.com/EHSbxw1Po5
— wild flower (@bedakkai) December 11, 2022
Jin en Weverse | ARMY en corto 🥺 pic.twitter.com/fQn5tv2ObO
— BTS ARMY Bogotá | INDIGO OUT NOW! (@ARMYBogotaCol) December 11, 2022
Jin posted on weverse 🥺
He truly trust us and shared this. He looks handsome as always pic.twitter.com/kD4R2Eilxv
— newtannies (@newtannies) December 11, 2022
JIN on Weverse
🐹 Cuter than I thought pic.twitter.com/SbvJVRprCc
— ۟ (@glosstannies) December 11, 2022
Jin on Weverse
*Still worldwide handsome with that haircut! 🥰 pic.twitter.com/kkDc2KFGec
— Only Bangtan PH ⟭⟬ (@OnlyBangtanPH) December 11, 2022
jin: [about to leave]
jungkook: you can't go! 🫂 pic.twitter.com/Kt5WQ8eb5i
— jungkook admirer (@dreamjeons) December 11, 2022
WE WILL WAIT FOR YOU JIN#WeLoveJinpic.twitter.com/sKHkE4dDxW
— Shru⁷ (@bangtinyboyys) December 11, 2022
SERVE WELL, JINNIE
LOOK: Ahead of his military enlistment, Kim Seokjin of South Korean supergroup BTS shares a selfie showing off his freshly shaved hair. | 📷: Weverse via @jbvdellera pic.twitter.com/nMHVb4UDOh
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) December 11, 2022
it’s going to be hard but please remember that jin loves you pic.twitter.com/29TDOVbAnM
— hj⁷ (@onyxguk) December 11, 2022
we'll be waiting for you Jin ♡pic.twitter.com/OZaDacDQVy
— ✿ (@jinluvspace) December 11, 2022
Last night, at our BTS Club Night in London, we dedicated a beautiful heart fan project to our Moon, Seokjin. 💜🌕
Sending love from the UK! 💜🇬🇧 Wishing you stay safe and healthy. We'll be right here, always!
WE LOVE YOU JIN
WE WILL WAIT FOR YOU JIN#WeLoveJin #BTSClubNight pic.twitter.com/tXpTlzcLJ6
— BTS UK ARMY UNITE ⁷ (@BTSUKUNITE) December 11, 2022