The issue of BTS‘ military enlistment was explained in the recent episode of the investigative program “PD Note“. On May 10, an episode titled “BTS and the Military Service Controversy” of MBC‘s investigative journalism program “PD Note” aired.
The program covered the topic of an alternative military service system for artists. Choi Kwang-ho, secretary general of the Korea Music Content Association (KMCA), said:
“BTS’ Jin can postpone his enlistment until this year, but next year will be the time for him to complete his military service”
“Isn’t there a 6-month period for a law to be officially implemented after it is passed? Ultimately, BTS is now in a situation where military service benefits are impossible“
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According to the military service law, a member of the National Assembly, Sung Il-jong, told the National Defense Committee on November 25th last year:
“One BTS member must enlist in the military by Dec. 31 this year and if members enlist one after another, BTS will be separated.
This will cause an identity problem so there will be no more opportunities.
That is why three people have proposed that it is a good idea to judge good and bad against national advantages, even if we are criticized“.
Mentioning BTS’ exemption from military service on May 4th, former Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hwang Hee also said:
“Due to the obligation to perform military service, activities are forced to be suspended. Obviously, this will lead to a national loss“.
“I hope the National Assembly will start discussing this issue as soon as possible“