On July 25th, Politician Ha Tae Kyung took part in a plenary session of the National Assembly Defense Committee and revealed his questions to the chief of the Military Manpower Administration by linking a media example.
Congressman Ha pointed out, “When I look at the list of international competitions participants that receive special service exemption, there is a problem of fairness, for I think BTS is supposed to get a military exemption as well.”
He also added, “When classical music artists get first place in competitions, we give them military exemption, but we don’t give it to pop artist BTS, who got first place on Billboard. Psy has set a world record for the number of YouTube hits, ” Ha said. ” However, we are missing the chance to dream and inspire the entire nation. “
“Winners of ballet contests are (on the list of exceptions for military service), but there are no B-boy champions. There are no game competitions’ winners, who conquer the world, there is play actors but no movie actors. We need to reform to meet the needs of young people. “
The chief of the Military Manpower Administration later answered, “The list is discussed between us and the Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister. It is difficult unless national consensus is formed. We will review it to make it relevant to the reality.”