BTS May Be Allowed to Perform While Serving in the Korea Military

Okay-pop sensation BTS could also be allowed to practise and carry out abroad even when they enter South Korea’s necessary navy service, the nation’s protection minister stated on Monday.

All able-bodied males in Korea are required to enlist for service earlier than age 30 except they’re given an exemption. The oldest BTS member Jin would usually be anticipated to enlist later this yr.

Korea has beforehand provided exemptions to athletes and artists in different fields who’ve created nationwide status. Pop acts haven’t been given exemptions.

However on Monday, talking at a parliamentary session, protection minister Lee Jong-sup stated he’s contemplating a spread of choices for different navy service for BTS.

“[The BTS members] ought to come to the navy, and I consider there can be a method for us to offer them the chance to apply in addition to permit them to go away the nation and carry out anytime if they’ve abroad concert events scheduled,” he stated.

The Korea Occasions newspaper additionally quoted Army Manpower Administration Commissioner Lee Ki-sik as saying: “We’re reviewing (the matter) inside the total framework of other service.”

BTS is the epitome of sentimental energy. It’s by far Korea’s greatest music act of present years, has offered hundreds of thousands of {dollars} value of music, and has introduced unprecedented consideration to the nation’s cultural industries. Due to its worldwide recognition and success, the band has additionally been extensively embraced by totally different arms of presidency. In latest weeks, BTS was used as a automobile to reinforce Busan’s bid to carry the 2030 World Expo.

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