BTS fans celebrate as Jin completes military service, first in boyband to do so

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It ends as it began: with a get-together between band members at the gates of an army camp.

Jin, the oldest member of K-pop boy band BTS, completed his military service on Jun. 12, emerging triumphantly from the base of the 5th Army Infantry Division to be greeted by fellow bandmates J-hope, RM, V, Jungkook and Jimin.

RM, V and J-hope came to greet Jin outside. RM welcomed Jin by playing the saxaphone to BTS's Dynanmite.

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The Guardian reported that Jin saluted as he stepped out of the camp's gates, before bandmate RM played BTS’s 2020 mega-hit Dynamite on a saxophone.

Jin then accepted a giant bouquet from his bandmates, who had reportedly requested a leave of absence to be present, and exchanged hugs with them.

Photo via BTS PICS FOLDER on X.

Band member Suga, who is performing civilian duties in lieu of military service after a shoulder surgery, was the only absentee, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

According to Korea news media, Jin served as an assistant drill instructor for new recruits.

A new beginning for Jin

Reporters showed up in force to catch the star on the day of his discharge, though BTS fans were not as numerous.

A few were present, however, with one hanging up a banner reading: “Seok-jin you did so well for the last 548 days. We’ll stand by you with our unwavering love.”

The sign referred to the star by his first name.

There were no events scheduled on the day of Jin's discharge, but h...

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