BTS Heartbreak: K-pop Group Suffering Due to Lack of Clarity Regarding Military Enlistment

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Credit: HYBE LABELS/YouTube Screenshot

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Credit: HYBE LABELS/YouTube Screenshot

BTS is yet to know the progress of the BTS Military Service Exemption Act.

The current Military Service Act in South Korea requires all men in the country ages 18 to 28 to serve in the military. For years, only athletes and sports personalities who represented the country globally have been part of the exemption.

However, the BTS Military Service Exemption Act has been causing a lot of concerns that made the members struggle.

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BTS Struggling Due to Military Service Issues, But HYBE Offers Answer To Questions

HYBE CCO Lee Jin Hyung recently shared BTS members and the company’s take on the question about the K-pop stars’ military service.

The CCO attended the BTS PERMISSION TO DANCE THE CITY – LAS VEGAS press conference and shared their opinion cautiously about the possible exemption for the group.

“It’s true that we are wary of speaking about this [matter], because we know how important the issue of military service is in Korea,” he said, adding, “We hope that a decision will be reached on the amendment to the Military Service Act as soon as possible.”

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The Military Service Amendment deferred their military service. However, the new amendment adds that BTS members can only postpone their mandatory service until they turn 30 years old by international reckoning.

With that, the group’s eldest member Jin is required to join the military before the end of 2022. But as of press time, the South Korean legislature still has not been able to finalize the bill.

BTS Members Willing To Enlist

Amid the questioning, Lee Jin Hyung clarified that BTS members repeatedly expressed their desire to accept the call of duty once South Korea requires them to serve the country.

“However, the policy on military service has changed a little, and as the members are experiencing changes to the Military Service Act that they did not expect, they are currently monitoring the situation while discussing the matter with the company,” the CCO went on.

The K-pop idols reportedly accepted it and left the decision in the hands of HYBE.

This resonated with what Jin told the crowd during their Permission To Dance on Stage concert, saying that the company would speak on their behalf.

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