“BTS Military Service Exemption Act” was not brought up at the National Defense Commission subcommittee meeting. With no clear news on whether the topic will be discussed in the future, international attention has been focused on how it will affect the group.
The subcommittee meeting of the National Defense Commission was held on the 9th, and the meeting was expected to discuss some amendments to the Military Service Act. However, they failed to initiate the discussion.
Earlier, the National Assembly had decided to grant an exceptional right to defer military duties of acclaimed pop artists, who contributed to the elevation of South Korea’s global reputation. Whether BTS could be included in the list of acclaimed pop artists is drawing a massive interest in the entertainment industry. If this amendment comes into effect, it will allow individuals in the art and sports field who have contributed to the upliftment of the country’s stature internationally to be exempt from military service and serve as art and sports specialists instead.
It has been brought up that Woo Sang Hyuk, the Olympic high jumper who set a new world record at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, should be included in the list with BTS, who achieved a world-class record and enhanced national status and dignity.
In particular, Since BTS is currently drawing massive popularity as a K-pop artist, attention is focused on whether they will be granted the exceptional rights to defer or get exempted from the military duties.
The meeting at the National Defense Commission will resume in November this year.
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