It is reported that members of the group BTS applied for a postponement of enlistment until the age of 30.
According to YTN on November 25th, all BTS members applied for a postponement of enlistment until the age of 30, after the amendment to the Military Service Act was implemented for those outstanding in the popular culture and arts field.
Earlier, the government enacted a presidential decree that allows pop culture artists who received cultural medals to postpone their enlistment to the age of 30 if they are recommended by the Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. BTS was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit in 2018 for its achievements in being the first Korean singer to rank No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart with two albums in a row, setting a new milestone for KPOP. The group became the youngest and the first idol singers to ever receive the Order of Cultural Merit.
As the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism has said in June, “If BTS applies for a delay in military enlistment, of course it will be recommended,” it is likely that BTS will be able to delay their enlistment until the age of 30. As a result, BTS is expected to be able to promote as a complete group before the 30th birthday of their eldest member Jin, which is in December 2022.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Ministry of Defense Boo Seung-chang said in a regular press briefing earlier that expanding the scope to include art and sports personnel is a difficult choice and needs to be cautious. “We have no choice but to consider the current situation variables,” the spokesman said. “Among the most immediate ones, the sharp drop in population is likely to be the biggest. Soon, social consensus will be needed. This, so to speak, is not fair military enlistment,” he said, expressing his opposition to the alternative service of pop culture artists such as BTS as art and sports agents.
The National Assembly also began its first deliberation on the revision, but the discussion has been put on hold without reaching any conclusion.