Agency Says BTS Members Will Serve in South Korea’s Military: According to South Korean law, the members of the K-pop band BTS must perform their necessary military service, their management company announced on Monday, thereby putting an end to the argument for exempting them due to their artistic achievements.
The eldest member of the band, Jin, will retract his request to put off his conscription at the end of the month and take the necessary conscription processes, according to Big Hit Music.
According to the company’s notification to financial regulators, which it defined as management-related information that can potentially affect investment decisions, the six additional members also intend to join the military.
The company and BTS members are “looking forward to reconvening as a group again around 2025 following their service pledge,” according to a new tweet from Big Hit.
They provided no additional details regarding the timing of their service. According to their company, the band’s weekend performance in Busan in support of the city’s EXPO bid marked their final joint performance before they complete their military service.
The parent company of Big Hit, Hybe Corp., stated in an email to The Associated Press that “each BTS member, for the time being, would focus on their individual activities based on their plans to serve in the military.”
In order to ensure fairness in the nation’s military service, Lee Ki Sik, commissioner of the Military Manpower Administration, told lawmakers this month that it would be “desirable” for BTS members to complete their military obligations.
Military Manpower Administration officials stressed that the singers would go through the same process as other South Korean men and that after enlisting, Jin and other BTS members would undergo five weeks of combat training before being assigned to specific units and tasks.
The “entertainment soldier” system, which the South Korean military had used for years to assign enlisted entertainers to tasks connected to generating radio and TV content promoting the military, was discontinued in 2013 as a result of complaints over impartiality.
Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup had stated in August that BTS members would probably be permitted to continue practicing and to rejoin the group for overseas tours if they joined the military.
As Jin faced the possibility of enlisting early the following year, the question of whether the BTS members must serve in the army generated intense debate in South Korea. Jin will reach the age when men can no longer put off enlistment when he turns 30 in December. The ages of the other members range from 25 to 29, while Suga will be 30 in March.
Most able-bodied men in South Korea are required by law to serve 18–21 months in the military, although athletes and artists who excel in specific international events associated with national prestige have been given special exemptions. The band, which also includes J-Hope, RM, Jungkook, V, and Jimin, debuted in 2013 and has a large global following known as the “Army.”
BTS gained enormous success in Asia before expanding it to the West with the help of their 2020 megahit “Dynamite,” the group’s first entirely English song that helped them become the first K-pop act to reach the top of Billboard’s Hot 100. The band has played to packed houses in arenas all around the world and has even been asked to give a speech at UN gatherings.
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The South Korean draught causes young men to stop working or studying, therefore evading military service or obtaining exemptions is a very touchy subject. Recent polls of public opinion revealed that opinions on whether BTS members should join the military were divided.