K-Pop group BTS will serve in the South Korean army


The seven members of BTS, one of the biggest groups in the worldwill serve in the military in South Korea, according to their agency, ending a long national debate over whether they should be expelled.

Each member of the group will spend nearly two years in the military, contrary to the expectations of many K-pop fans who had hoped they would receive preferential treatment in recognition of their contributions to South Korea’s economy and international status.

As soon as he turns 30 in December, Jin, the group’s senior member, will be the first to ditch his stage attire in favor of a uniform, according to sources. According to their management organization, Big Hit Music, the remaining six members of the group, who were born between 1993 and 1997, will follow suit.

The group is expected to reunite around 2025. BTS members are honored to serve, according to Big Hit, a division of the group’s management company Hybe, which announced Monday that the members are “continuing with plans to perform their military service.”

The announcement also stated that “group member Jin will begin the process as soon as his schedule for his solo release ends at the end of October.” “Other members of the group intend to serve in the military according to their plans.”

To keep South Korea’s military prepared for a potential attack from North Korea, with which it is still nominally at war, all able-bodied men under the age of 30 are required to serve between 18 and 21 months in the military.

K-Pop group BTS to serve in South Korean army (1)
K-Pop group BTS to serve in South Korean army (1)

Some famous South Koreans, including Olympic and Asian Games medalists as well as award-winning classical musicians and dancers, have been granted exemptions or allowed to participate in alternative public duties.

They include Tottenham’s Son Heung-min, a gold medalist at the 2018 Asian Games, and Seong-jin Cho, the first Korean musician to win the International Chopin Piano Competition. Despite concerns that it would lead to accusations of favoritism, particularly from other young men who are due to serve, several South Korean lawmakers have expressed support for an exemption.

In South Korea, refusing to serve in the military is a crime that can lead to imprisonment and social stigma. Actor and singer Steve Yu learned this the hard way when he was deported and barred from entering the country after avoiding the draft by naturalizing as a US citizen in 2002, months before he was drafted.

You avoided the draft by becoming a US citizen. Ensuring fairness in the nation’s military debt, Lee Ki-sik, commissioner of the military administration, told lawmakers earlier this month that it would be “ideal” for the group’s members to fulfill their military duties.

The choice was made months after BTS announced that they would be taking a break from being a group to focus on their solo projects. To support Busan’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo, the group came together to perform a free concert there on Saturday.

On their way to topping the US and UK charts, the Grammy-winning group sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and received two Grammy Award nominations.

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