K-pop stars including the male Korean idols, BTS will not be exempted from mandatory military service.
The Korean government’s military system reform body has said on Sunday that they are not giving exemption to the internationally acclaimed boy-band and by the end of the month; an announcement would be made regarding compulsory military service of K-pop sensation. Currently, it is being assumed that the boy-band is on an exemption.
Despite some calls for exemptions for South Korea’s biggest pop culture export, the country’s minister of culture, sports, and tourism told lawmakers this week that the boy band would fulfill its military duties.
“All of the BTS members say they will definitely enlist for military service,” Minister Do Jong-Hwan, reports Korea Herald.
The Korean law that was introduced in 1973 was challenged last year when some lawmakers of the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party called for reform citing the BTS international popularity, saying that they deserve the privilege.
However, the current system only provides fine artists and athletes who win any sort of Olympic medals or Asian Games gold can be exempted from military service.
The boy- band was proposed to be added to the list after its last year’s momentum of success.
BTS, across the world, is considered as a highly revenue-generating power for the country.