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Why Was BTS Able To Delay, But Not Forego Military Service

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South Korea passed a revised law under the Military Service Act, which grants pop culture artists who have received government medals for helping elevate the country’s ​cultural influence around the world. However, Korea Music Content Association questioned the equity on the matter.

Through the press release, KMCA said, “Previously, Ryu Hyun Jin, Son Heung Min, Lee Chang Ho, Cho Seong Jin, and others have gotten military exemptions for greatly enhancing South Korea’s national prestige. Therefore, it is questionable why BTS could only delay the service but not get an exemption while pursuing such a globally influential career.

They also claimed, “Even those who start venture companies can postpone their military service until they are 30 years old. This is the same benefit that BTS received. Singers can only delay military service until they are 30 years old only if they are subject to exceptional policies or if they receive medals. However, venture and potential entrepreneurs can receive the same benefits that BTS have.”

Last March, The Ministry of National Defense passed the amendment. They said, “We will allow pop musicians who have received cultural merits from the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism to postpone their services until the age of 30, with approval from the Culture Minister.”

 

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