In a shock to all BTS fans around the world, the South Korean military may force the Septet to join mandatory military duties. For the inexperienced, the group is made up of RM, Jin, Jimin, V, Jungkook, J-Hope, and Suga. Now, one of the most debated topics in South Korea is back in the news. Speaking of Jin, the oldest member of the group, he will be turning 30 this December and he is already expected to face enlistment early next year.
What is the law?
Under South Korean law, able-bodied men must complete 18 to 21 months of military service. However, the law also establishes special exemptions for dancers, musicians or athletes who have won top prizes in specific competitions to enhance national prestige.
BTS military enlistment
According to the latest reports, Lee Ki Sik, the commissioner of the Military Human Resources Administration, recently told lawmakers that it is “desirable” for BTS to carry out their military duties and ensure fairness in the country’s military service. Earlier, Lee Jong-Sup, the Minister of Defense, also made identical comments on the same thing at a parliamentary meeting. Culture Minister Park Bo Gyoon, on the other hand, said that his ministry will finalize his position on the decision soon.
According to a recent update on October 5, 2022, an official from the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced that a conclusion had finally been reached on the Septet’s compulsory military service by the end of this year, which is to december. . A request was also made to review the issue, actively responding to what the minister spoke about BTS member Jin, the senior whose enlistment is due this year. Because Jin is the oldest member of the group, it has become extremely important to make a decision currently. According to the latest reports, the Ministry plans to take a call on the same as soon as possible.
Minister Park Bo Gyoon also spoke about the multiple factors that can be considered when concluding BTS’s military enlistment.