BTS to face mandatory military conscription soon? DEETS inside

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In a shock to all the BTS fans around the world, South Korea’s military may force the Septet into joining mandatory military duties. For the unversed, the group comprises RM, Jin, Jimin, V, Jungkook, J-Hope, and Suga. Now, one of the most debated topics in South Korea is back in the news. Talking about Jin, the eldest member of the group, will turn 30 this December and is already expected to face enlistment earlier next year.


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What is the law?

According to the law of South Korea, able-bodied men must perform 18-21 months of military service. However, the law also provides 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 Manpower Administration, recently told lawmakers that it is ‘desirable’ for BTS to fulfill military duties and ensure fairness in the country’s military service. Earlier, Lee Jong-Sup, the Defense Minister, also made identical comments about the same in a parliamentary meeting. Culture Minister Park Bo Gyoon, on the other hand, said that his ministry would finalize its position on the decision soon.


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Earlier news

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 been reached finally on the Septet’s mandatory military service by the end of this year, which is for December. A request was also made to review the issue, actively responding to which the minister spoke about BTS member Jin, the eldest one 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 is planning to take a call on the same as soon as possible.

Minister Park Bo Gyoon has also spoken about the multiple factors that may be considered while concluding BTS’ military enlistment.