A revision to the military service law called the “BTS Military Service Act” passed the National Assembly's standing committee on the 20th of November. According to the statement of the committee, this act would allow artists such as BTS to have the option of postponing their mandatory service for their special services of presenting South Korea nationally and globally and being granted with a National Certificate of Merit.
The BTS band already has to its credit the Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit, which was two years ago for increasing the popularity of K-Culture and the Korean Language around the world, and their contribution to the image and recognition of Korea is without question.
Military exemptions have traditionally been given only to Olympic athletes and classical or traditional musicians approved by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Typically those exempted have won awards in international and national competitions and improved Korea's image globally and domestically. For example, football player Son Heung-min was exempted from mandatory service after Korea's national football team won gold at the Asian Games in 2018, while pianist Cho Seong-jin was exempted after he won the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2009 and became the first Korean musician to win the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015.
Son Heung-min avoids military service as South Korea beat Japan 2-1 after extra time in the Asian Games final!— Sam Street (@samstreetwrites) September 1, 2018
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Many fans of BTS are happy with the government's consideration of delaying military service, but some are demanding a total exemption for the band, as they believe their contribution is unique.
I got the news that Namjoon already go to Military Check Up, dont be afraid of that you have to faced it. it’s their duty, they’re still a Male Citizen in Korea and they have a duty to join Military Service for 2 Years (New Regulation)#ChoiceFandom #TeenChoice #BTSARMY— 7buddy (@shookylove) July 11, 2018
I'm alone then in the fact that I don't see the problem with the enl!stment question...? Like... it's normal? Every dude does it over there?? Like... Shinhwa did their service and came back just fine??? IDK why people always freak out???— 𝓒𝓪𝓻𝓪𝓹𝓱𝓮𝓸𝓷𝓲𝔁⁷ (@Carapheonix) April 21, 2019
i know this is bad but can jin have an exception and not enlist for the military. like bts have made a major act for korea😩😩— tiara⁷ (@cakeyjk) March 17, 2020
Meanwhile, BTS members themselves stated recently during the global press conference dedicated to the release of their special album “BE” that they intend to fulfill their military service just like any other Korean citizen.
BTS is called a “K-pop phenomenon” for being incredibly famous and for their impact globally, winning awards and topping all charts both domestically and worldwide.