K-pop Supergroup BTS to Enlist for South Korea’s Mandatory Military Service

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Who is not familiar with the one of the biggest boy bands of the world, BTS, native to South Korea? There had been a national debate going on for long regarding whether they should receive an exemption from the South Korean law. Their agency recently put an end to it by announcing that all seven members of BTS will perform the mandatory military service.

According to the national law, all able-bodied men in South Korea between the ages of 18-28 must serve in the military for around two years. The law allowed the group’s oldest member, Jin, to postpone conscription until he turns 30.

However, according to their agency, he will revoke his request to delay his conscription at the end of the month and undertake the required steps to enter service, followed by the remaining six band members.

BTS members to perform the mandatory military service

Some lawmakers had suggested the law should grant the band an exemption, so they could keep performing, because of their contribution to South Korean economy.

However, the statement released by label Big Hit Music on Monday said that BTS members were “honoured to serve” their country and would reconvene as a group “around 2025” following their military service commitment.

Their manager revealed no further information on the timing of their service. The band members performed together in Busan over the weekend in support of the city’s EXPO bid, which will be their last concert as a group until they finish serving in the military, according to their label.

The announcement broke the heart of the fans of the K-pop band, however, because it means no new tours or music for several years. Although, Hybe CEO Park Jiwon downplayed these concerns in a letter:

“We have always been aware of the eventuality of mandatory military service, and we have long been making preparations to be ready for this moment. In the short term, individual activities for several of the members are planned into the first half of 2023, and we have secured content in advance, which will enable BTS to continue their engagement with fans for the foreseeable future.”

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