Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism: “The military service issue of BTS will be decided within December before Jin’s enlistment”

Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Park Bo-kyun said they would announce their position within December on the military service issue of BTS.

Park Bo-kyun, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said in a parliamentary audit of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Sep 5th, “As member Jin will enlist in December, we will confirm the ministry’s position as soon as possible.”


Jin, the eldest member of BTS, was born in 1992, and his enlistment has been postponed until the end of this year under the 2020 Military Service Act amendment. If the revision to the so-called “BTS Special Act on Military Service,” which is currently pending in the National Assembly, is not passed, he will have to enlist early next year.

Minister Park said, “We are comprehensively reviewing many different aspects, including how national defense is a sacred duty, military service is a symbol of fairness, how BTS has promoted Korea as a pioneer of K-culture, has had a huge economic ripple effect, the equity issues between pop artist, including BTS, and pure artists, the team performance issue if one of the BTS members joins the military, public opinion analysis, and the consciousness of men in their 20s.”


Meanwhile, SBS reported on Oct 4th that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism had sent a report on how to improve the art and sports personnel system to the senior presidential office last week.

The report is said to separately include allowing all BTS members to travel abroad and stay outside off-base for about 120 days a year, drawing keen attention to whether BTS’ activities will be guaranteed regardless of their enlistment.

Source: Nate

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