BTS can postpone military enlistment as South Korea passes new law
‘Globally recognised’ pop stars, such as BTS, will be allowed to postpone their mandatory military enlistment after a new law was passed in South Korea.
On Tuesday the National Assembly’s plenary session passed the bill which revises the Military Service Act.
Acclaimed pop artists can put off enlisting until the age of 30.
Previous rules stated that all able-bodied South Korean men aged between 18 and 28 were required to serve in the military for around two years.
Before the Military Service Act was revised BTS’ eldest member Jin, 28, would have had to enlist by the end of 2020.
Exemptions or deferrals were only given to internationally successful athletes and classical musicians. Tottenham Hotspur footballer Son Heung-min earned exemption after winning gold at the 2018 Asian Games, but had to complete mandatory basic military training which he did in May this year.
Jin has previously said that the stars were ready to be called up.
He told CBS: ‘As a Korean, it’s natural, and someday, when duty calls we’ll be ready to respond and do our best.’
Women can enlist but it is not mandatory.
The revision was first proposed in September after the K-Pop superstars became the first ever South Korean act to reach Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with English-language song Dynamite.
The seven member group, made up of Jin, RM, Suga, Jimin, V, J-Hope and Jungkook, hit the top spot again with their latest single Life Goes On. It made history as the first Korean language song to do so.
BTS also broke their own record of their most simultaneous placements on the chart, with seven songs from BE – Life Goes On, Dynamite, Blue & Grey, Stay, Fly To My Room, Telepathy and Dis-ease – on the Hot 100.
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