K-pop group BTS members face possible military conscription

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BTS whitethorn  beryllium  forced to service  successful  the South Korean military. BTS whitethorn beryllium forced to service successful the South Korean military. AP

South Korea’s subject appears to privation to conscript members of the K-pop supergroup BTS for mandatory subject duties, arsenic the nationalist remains sharply divided implicit whether they should beryllium fixed exemptions.

Lee Ki Sik, commissioner of the Military Manpower Administration, told lawmakers connected Friday that it’s “desirable” for BTS members to fulfill their subject duties to guarantee fairness successful the country’s subject service.

Earlier this week, Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup made astir identical comments astir BTS astatine a parliamentary committee meeting, and Culture Minister Park Bo Gyoon said his ministry would soon finalize its presumption connected the issue.

Whether the band’s 7 members indispensable service successful the service is 1 of the hottest issues successful South Korea due to the fact that its oldest member, Jin, faces imaginable enlistment aboriginal adjacent twelvemonth aft turning 30 successful December.

Under South Korean law, each able-bodied men are required to execute 18-21 months of subject service. But the instrumentality provides peculiar exemptions for athletes, classical and accepted musicians, and ballet and different dancers who person won apical prizes successful definite competitions that enhance nationalist prestige.

The South Korean nationalist   remains sharply divided implicit    whether they should beryllium  fixed  exemptions.The South Korean nationalist remains sharply divided implicit whether the group, seen present astatine
the United Nations successful 2021, they should beryllium fixed exemptions.AP

Without a revision of the law, the authorities tin instrumentality steps to assistance peculiar exemptions. But past exemptions for radical who performed good successful non-designated competitions triggered superior statement astir the fairness of the system.

Since the draught forces young men to suspend their nonrecreational careers oregon studies, the dodging of subject duties oregon instauration of exemptions is simply a highly delicate issue.

In 1 caller survey, astir 61% of respondents supported exemptions for entertainers specified arsenic BTS, portion successful another, astir 54% said BTS members should service successful the military.

RM, center, accompanied by different   K-pop supergroup BTS members from left, V, Jungkook, Jimin, Jin, J-Hope, and Suga astatine  the White House connected  May 31, 2022.RM, center, accompanied by different K-pop supergroup BTS members from left, V, Jungkook, Jimin, Jin, J-Hope, and Suga astatine the White House connected May 31, 2022.AP

Several amendments of the conscription instrumentality that would pave the mode for BTS members to beryllium exempted person been introduced successful the National Assembly, but haven’t been voted connected with lawmakers sharply divided connected the matter.

Lee, the defence minister, earlier said helium had ordered officials to see conducting a nationalist survey to assistance find whether to assistance exemptions to BTS. But the Defense Ministry aboriginal said it would not transportation retired specified a survey.

Lee Ki Sik, commissioner of the Military Manpower Administration, right, speaks during a parliamentary inspection astatine  National Assembly successful  Seoul, South Korea connected  Oct. 7, 2022.Lee Ki Sik, commissioner of the Military Manpower Administration, right, speaks during a parliamentary inspection astatine National Assembly successful Seoul, South Korea connected Oct. 7, 2022.AP

In August, Lee said if BTS members articulation the military, they would apt beryllium allowed to proceed practicing and to articulation different non-serving BTS members successful overseas radical tours.

People who are exempted from the draught are released from the subject aft 3 weeks of basal training. They are besides required to execute 544 hours of unpaid enactment and proceed serving successful their nonrecreational fields for 34 months.