Just before enlistment, Jin shared a selfie with his fans showing his newly shorn-off locks, with the caption, “Cuter than what I thought”.
[221211 Jin Weverse Post]— 미니융⁷ 🧸 (@miiniyoongs) December 11, 2022
🐹 kekekekekeke cuter than what i thought pic.twitter.com/3h9kxk88HH
Naturally, the selfie broke ARMY twitter and the group’s fans rushed to express their thoughts about his new look.
when i wake up tomorrow and find out since june everything has been a dream and bts are actually going on tour and jin has a ponytail instead— amb ★ (@cheeksmygi) December 12, 2022
Knowing that they released an official statement that he will not be greeting fans and media, the picture that he shared with us last night felt even more special😭I hope the best for Jin, that the winter is warm enough for him, and that he has a peaceful service.— Dita ⁷ (@almostdita) December 12, 2022
i want their 2025 cb to be like this pic.twitter.com/FKka02cGYe— girl who doesn’t play about jin (@vzsuaI) December 12, 2022
The singer’s agency Big Hit released a statement announcing that he would start his service on December 13, 2022, and it will last till June 12, 2024.
Big Hit has released an additional official statement stating @BTS_twt Jin will soon enlist in the military as an active-duty soldier. He will enter the grounds while in a vehicle & the agency asks again that media and fans refrain from visiting the site.https://t.co/fKeM99Gx4Bpic.twitter.com/LQLS3WkgUe— BTS Charts & Translations⁷ (@charts_k) December 12, 2022
A few weeks earlier, Jin had condemned a news report that had leaked his enlistment details before it was officially confirmed and announced by his agency.
The ‘Moon’ singer took to Weverse to request ARMYs to not show up at the training center as it could cause a logistical nightmare for the other enlisting citizens and their families. He wrote, “There’s an article out there that I hadn’t planned on being published. In any case, ARMYs, I ask that you please refrain from coming to the training centre. There will be many other people there and it could get dangerous with a big crowd. Army I love you.”
This means there shouldn't be ANY photos on the TL. media was asked to not take photos. Jin himself asked us not to attend. This will be an emotional time, let him have it with his family. Please respect his request. Even if you "just happened" to be there don't post photos. https://t.co/oBMFo7k4mD— 𝓛𝓤𝓛𝓤 ⁷ ⟭⟬ BTS ⟬⟭ connected to 7G since ²⁰¹³ (@lsgrlr) December 12, 2022
Other BTS members will also enlist within the next few months and will, reportedly, reconvene as a group in 2025.