BTS is a popular South Korean Boyband consisting of seven members Kim Namjoon, Kim Seokjin, Min Yoongi, Jung Hoseok, Park Jimin, Kim Taehyung and Jeon Jungkook. They debuted under BigHit Entertainment in the year 2013 with their song “No More Dream”
HYBE CCO Lee Jin Hyung has stated the official viewpoints of BTS members and the firm on the issue of mandatory military duty.
Lee Jin Hyung commented cautiously about the potential of a military exemption for the group at the “BTS PERMISSION TO DANCE THE CITY – LAS VEGAS” press conference on April 9 local time at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“It’s true that we are apprehensive about discussing this problem because we know how essential military service is in Korea,” stated the CCO. He did, however, add, “We expect that a decision on the change to the Military Service Act will be made as soon as feasible.”
While 28 is usually the maximum age at which a South Korean male may delay his required military duty, BTS members have been permitted to defer their military enrollment thanks to new legislation that was enacted in December 2020. The rule dubbed the “BTS military service modification” due to its obvious consequences for BTS, permits musicians who get the Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism’s approval to postpone their required duty until they reach the age of 30 by international reckoning. According to current legislation, BTS’s eldest member Jin must enrol in the military before the end of 2022. However, some National Assembly members have suggested a measure that would exclude male musicians such as BTS who have made significant contributions to the national interest from military service. At the moment, the South Korean legislature has been unable to achieve an agreement on the bill.
Lee Jin Hyung explained the official opinion of the BTS members on the topic, saying, “The BTS members have presently put the matter of their military duty in the hands of the management.” BTS has already stated that they will accept the call to duty when the country calls, and they have not changed their minds. However, the policy on military duty has changed somewhat, and because the members are facing unexpected changes to the Military Service Act, they are now watching the situation while discussing it with the firm.
“The company informed BTS that with the proposed new change to the Military Duty Act, we were hesitant to make a decision about their military service, and the BTS members maturely accepted this and left the situation in the hands of the firm.”
“To put it accurately, the policy on military duty is changing, and it’s true that the BTS members are having a tough time since it’s impossible for them to forecast the date [of their military service],” the HYBE CCO continued. Because making preparations is tough for them, both the BTS members and the firm are presently keeping a careful watch on the proposed modification.”
“Therefore, we intend to do everything in our power to achieve a resolution that is helpful to both our society and BTS,” he added. “Because the topic of BTS’s military service is of global significance, it looks that the debate [over the issue] is reaching an end both within society and inside the National Assembly, therefore we expect that the issue will be settled under the current National Assembly.” If the subject is referred to the next National Assembly, the discussion will continue without guarantees, and because the ambiguity [about BTS’s military service] is making things tough, we hope that [the National Assembly] will reach a resolution as soon as possible.”
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