South Korea’s parliament on Tuesday has passed a bill to allow BTS to postpone their mandatory military service to age 30.
As being reported, the amendment to the Military Service Act has been designed to provide exceptions for globally recognized K-pop artists who improve the country’s cultural status and boost the economy.
“Pop artists tend to make their highest achievements in their 20s but many of them had to pursue a graduate degree to delay their service,” said Jeon Yong-gi, who co-authored the bill.
The development comes as the seven-band members are in the age group, during which all able-bodied South Korean men (aged between 18 and 28) must serve in the military for about two years as part of the country’s efforts to guard against North Korea.
BTS’s management company, Big Hit Entertainment, has not officially responded to a request for comment on the legislative change.
However, Jin and other band members have previously stated that they would fulfill their duties as required.
Age of BTS members:
Park Ji-min, better known mononymously as Jimin, born on October 13, 1995, is 25 years old.
He is a member of the South Korean boy band BTS since June 2013.
Kim Seok-jin, also known by his stage name Jin, is 28 years old born on December 4, 1992.
Kim was scouted for the group while in university and joined Big Hit Entertainment as an actor.
Jeon Jung-kook, better known as Jungkook was born on September 1, 1997, is 23 years old. Singer and songwriter is a member of Bangtanboys and vocalist.
Min Yoon-gi, better known by his stage names Suga and Agust D, born on March 9, 1993 (age 27 years), is a leading rapper, songwriter, and record producer.
Jung Ho-seok, better known by his stage name J-Hope, Born on February 18, 1994, is 26 years old.
He released his first solo mixtape, Hope World, worldwide on March 1, 2018.
Kim Nam-joon, better known by his stage name RM, is the leader of BTS. Born on September 12, 1994, he is 26 years old.
Kim Tae-hyung, also known by his stage name V, is the lead vocalist of BTS. Born on December 30, 1995, he is age 24 years.