• Thu. Aug 4th, 2022

BTS Expected To Serve 18 Months In South Korea’s Mandatory Military Service

South Korean music singers BTS are expected to serve in the military for a total of 18 months, just like other bodied males born in their home nation.

The popular band drew even more attention throughout the world when they played their hit song ‘Butter’ at the 64th Grammy Awards, which took place on April 3, Sunday, 2022, in Las Vegas.

Is military duty in South Korea obligatory?

South Korean legislation mandates obligatory military duty for all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 28. “All citizens shall have the duty of national defense within the conditions as stipulated by Act,” says Article 39 of South Korea’s constitution, which went into effect in July 1948. Men in South Korea must serve in the military when they become 19 years old, according to the Military Service Act of 1949, which went into effect in 1957.

With that in mind, South Korea’s Parliament recently established a bill allowing BTS to defer mandatory military service until the age of 30.

The Military Service Act was amended to make exclusions for K-pop megastars who contribute to the country’s cultural standing and economic growth. South Korea has granted exemptions to high-profile classical artists and athletes who won Olympic medals or gold at the Asian Games, including Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min.

BTS Are Expected To Serve 18 Months In South Korea’s Mandatory Military Service
BTSAs previously stated, the time range offered was up to the age of 30, but time is running out, and as things stand, beginning in December of this year, some members of the band will have to put their talents on wait in order to join the military and serve their country for 18 months.

Kim Seok-Jin, who goes by the stage name Jin and is the band’s oldest member, will be 30 in December, prompting suspicion that he may soon be trading in his dance moves for military maneuvers.

Suga, 29, J-Hope, 28, RM, 27, Jimin, 26, V, 26, and Jungkook, 24, will be his companions.

South Korea’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Gunn Kim, said in a recent interview with the Sunday Times that the K-pop band, like everyone else, has the same obligations, which include entering the South Korean military to protect their country, and that they are not unusual.

“Young Korean males are expected to serve their country, and BTS members act as role models for many younger Koreans.”

“I’m fairly sure they’ll fulfill their commitment to society,” he stated, hours after North Korea test-fired what seemed to be the country’s largest intercontinental ballistic missile to date, though South Korean and US intelligence have since cast doubt on that. Gunn went on to say.

The BTS will follow in the footsteps of a lengthy list of well-known figures who have served in the military over the years.

According to research, many citizens who choose to defy the regulations that require them to join the military ended up in prison.

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