BTS’s Jin Credits Seniors for Achieving ‘Elite Soldier’ ​​Title in Military | K-pop Movie News
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BTS’s Jin Credits Seniors for Achieving ‘Elite Soldier’ ​​Title in Military | K-pop Movie News

BTS member Jin, who enlisted in the military in December 2022, quickly gained attention by achieving the prestigious rank of “Special Class Warrior (Elite)”, commonly referred to as “Elite Soldier”, just four months into his service.

The title is awarded to soldiers who demonstrate exceptional physical skill and mental strength, traits Jin attributes to both his personal dedication and the support of his comrades in arms. In a recent interview with Weverse Magazine, Jin shared insights into his path to earning this esteemed title.

According to Koreaboo, “It depends on the camp, but in our camp, we had the opportunity to practice using firearms whenever new recruits came in. So I could practice shooting and I was always doing exercises like sit-ups and push-ups, so I gradually got stronger. We had to run with the recruits, and the assistant sergeants couldn’t stay behind, so I forced myself to run until I got better at it,” Jin explained, reflecting on his rigorous training program.

In addition to his personal efforts, Jin emphasized the crucial role his senior soldiers played in his success. “When I was working to earn this title, my senior soldiers jumped on me and said, ‘Don’t eat dinner, or your stomach will be upset and you won’t be able to run tomorrow.’ So I said I’d just eat a little bit, and they said, ‘No. Or if you have to, just one spoonful.’ The next morning they said, ‘Today is a big day. Don’t drink any more water.’ So I said, ‘Just one sip!’ And they said, ‘Just one sip, and nothing more,’” Jin recounted, emphasizing the guidance and encouragement he received from his peers.

Jin’s seniors went above and beyond to ensure he was physically prepared for the challenges ahead, such as using icy hot spray to ease muscle pain during training sessions. Their support and practical advice helped Jin navigate the challenges of military life and excel in his endeavors. While Jin received tremendous support from his seniors, he also reciprocated by becoming a mentor and a supportive figure to his juniors.