Facts and Details About 2AM’s Jinwoon’s Military Enlistment and His Controversy


Let’s Meet The Rapper of 2AM – Jinwoon

2AM has four members, Jokwon, Changmin, Seulong and Jinwoon. Jinwoon has the position of main rapper and is the maknae of the group. He was born in Seoul on  May 2, 1991. Jeong Jin-woon (정진운) is his real name. He started his career as an idol in July 2008. In August, 2011, he released his first solo single, You Walking Towards Me, and then he started acting in 2012, when he had a role in the popular drama,”Dream High 2.

He also participated in a few variety shows, such as Law of the Jungle and We Got Married. He was under JYP Entertainment, moving to MYSTIC Entertainment when his contract with JYP expired. But don’t worry, even though the members of 2AM aren’t under the same agency, it won’t affect the group’s future activities. They firmly stated that the group would not be disbanding. The members even said that they would prepare for a new album as 2AM after all the members complete their military duties. So wait for it!

Jinwoon is known to be close with other 91-liners, his fellow second-generation idols, such as Nicole Jung, former member of Kara, Son Dong-woon of Beast, Mir from MBLAQ, Key of Shinee, and Seohyun of Girls’ Generation. Jinwoon and Seohyun even graduated from the same high school,  Baek Ahm High School. Now let’s move on to his military enlistment!

Jinwoon’s Military Service

Jiwoon applied to join the military band in January, 2019. His application was accepted and he enlisted on March 4. All of his fellow 2AM members had all enlisted previously. The first member who enlisted in the military was Lee Chang-min, who was discharged in 2014. Im Seul-ong followed Changmin in November, 2017, and Jo Kwon joined the military in August, 2018. He is the last 2AM member who enlisted in the military service, since, as we know he is the maknae of the group. He enlisted on the same day as SHINee’s Key and VIXX’s N, and they will all be discharged on October 7, 2020.

Before his enlistment, his close friends from the 91-liners, Soyou (former SISTAR’s member) and Nicole sent him a sweet send-off via Instagram on February 24. Nicole posted a photo of herself with Jinwoon and Soyou. She touched Jinwoon’s newly-shaven head and Soyou was smiling while making ‘v-sign’ hand gestures. In the caption, she wrote, “Friend, take care of yourself and come back safely.”

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After Nicole, Soyou posted another set of images, quoting the first few lyrics to The Private’s Letter, a popular military-themed song, which is often listened to in the days leading up to enlistment. But, sadly, we can’t see the post because she already deleted the photos from her feeds.

Jinwoon upload this photo on Instagram. The photo shows him saluting in military-style hair.

On March 4, The day of enlistment, he uploaded a photo on Instagram. He captioned it with  “I’ve never been gone for so long before, and I wasn’t sure what to do, so I first took down all of the lights. After seeing my desk that’s covered so it doesn’t get piled with dust, it feels weird [Laugh sounds]. I’ll return quickly and make a lot of great songs.”

On the same day he was also spotted at the Nonsan Army Training Center, the enlistment location. He briefly greeted the fans who came to support him.


Not only his fans, but BTS’s V also sent his support. In an Instagram live, Jinwoon said that V called him to wish him farewell. V told Jinwoon to go and come back safely, and Jinwoon expressed how thankful he was for that call.


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