According to reform in South Korean law, BTS might be among the K-pop artists who serve reduced military duty.


According to reform in South Korean law, BTS might be among the K-pop artists who serve reduced military duty.


South Korea is considering cutting the two years or so of required military service for K-pop celebrities like BTS to only three weeks.

Due to the eldest band member, Jin, turning 30 the following year, the issue is now becoming quite apparent.

Globally renowned K-pop artists were permitted to delay their duty until they were 30 under a 2019 amendment to the legislation.

In South Korea, where all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 28 are required to serve in the military as part of attempts to defend their nation from a North Korea with nuclear weapons, military service is highly contentious.

Over the years, several exemptions have been made available to individuals, allowing them to either be put off duty or do it for a shorter period of time. Examples of these individuals include Olympic and Asian Games medalists, classical musicians, and dancers who place first in specific events.

A bill shortening K-pop artists' mandatory military service is currently being discussed in parliament.

At a parliamentary hearing, Defence Minister Lee Jong-sup stated that by allowing BTS to continue performing, the military could further national interests without having an impact on the already limited pool of human resources due to low birth rates.

Big Hit, the management company for BTS, did not react when contacted for comment.

If there are scheduled concerts abroad, there would be a method to provide them with a chance to practise and perform together even if they join the military, Mr. Lee said.

The fact that so many people value [artists serving in the military] might help increase their appeal even further.

The seven-person band stated in June that it will take a hiatus from group musical endeavours to focus on solo projects because they were worn out.

A Big Hit representative said in April that some members were having a "hard time" as a result of the uncertainty surrounding the parliamentary discussion, which was pushing for a resolution.

With their peppy songs and social activities focused on uplifting young people, BTS has gained international acclaim since making its debut in 2013.

BTS met US President Joe Biden at the White House in May to discuss hate crimes against Asians. Last year, BTS became the first Asian band to win artist of the year at the American Music Awards.

According to an estimate made in 2018 by a South Korean think tank, BTS will generate economic benefits worth 56 trillion won ($61 billion) between 2014 and 2023.

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