K-Pop Group BTS Will Serve In The South Korean Military

The seven members of BTS, one of the biggest bands in the world, will serve in the military in South Korea, according to their agency, putting an end to a protracted national discussion about whether they should be excluded.

The band members will each spend nearly two years in the military, contrary to the expectations of many K-pop fans who had hoped they would receive preferential treatment in recognition of their contributions to the South Korean economy and international status.

As soon as he turns 30 in December, Jin, the group’s senior member, will be the first to forgo his stage attire in favour of a uniform, according to sources. According to their management organization, Big Hit Music, the remaining six members of the band, who were born between 1993 and 1997, will follow suit.

The band is anticipated to reunite around 2025. The members of BTS are honoured to serve, according to Big Hit, a division of the band’s management company Hybe, which announced on Monday that the members were “going on with plans to fulfill their military service.”

The announcement also stated that “group member Jin will start the process as soon as his schedule for his solo release is completed at the end of October.” “Other group members intend to serve in the military by their plans,”

 To keep South Korea’s military prepared for a potential assault by North Korea, with which it is still nominally at war, all able-bodied men under the age of 30 are required to serve for between 18 and 21 months in the military.

K-Pop Group BTS Will Serve In The South Korean Military (1)
K-Pop Group BTS Will Serve In The South Korean Military (1)

Some well-known South Koreans, including medalists from the Olympics and Asian Games as well as prize-winning classical musicians and dancers, have been granted exemptions or are permitted to engage in alternative public duty.

They include Son Heung-min of Tottenham, a gold medallist at the 2018 Asian Games, and Seong-jin Cho, the first Korean musician to win the International Chopin Piano Competition. Despite worries that it would lead to allegations of favoritism, especially from other young men who must service, several South Korean MPs had expressed support for an exemption.

 In South Korea, refusing to serve in the military is a crime that can result in imprisonment and social stigma. The actor and singer Steve Yoo learned this the hard way when he was deported and banned from entering the country after he avoided conscription by naturalizing as a US citizen in 2002, months before he was scheduled to be drafted.

You had avoided conscription by becoming a US citizen. Assuring justice in the nation’s military duty, Lee Ki-sik, commissioner of the military manpower administration, told MPs earlier this month that it would be “ideal” for band members to perform their military obligations.

The choice was made months after BTS declared they would be taking a break from being a group to focus on their solo projects. To support Busan‘s bid to host the 2030 World Exposition, the band came together to play a free concert there on Saturday.

On their route to topping the charts in the US and UK, the Grammy-winning group sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and received two nominations for Grammy Awards.

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