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K-Pop Stars BTS To Serve South Korean Military; Here Is Everything You Need To Know

According to their representatives, BTS, the most popular boy band in the world, will be disbanding their fanbase, or “army,” and instead serve in the South Korean military. 

The decision puts an end to years of discussion about the K-pop artists‘ potential exemption from military service. 

Every man between the ages of 18 and 28 who is physically fit is required to serve two years. 

The seven BTS members were permitted to delay their conscription until they were 30. Jin, the oldest, is now 29 years old. 

The band’s management said on Monday that they will start preparing next month. According to the statement, all seven members of the gang, the youngest of whom is 24 years old, intending to complete their duty. 

The main reason why South Korea still requires its citizens to serve in the military is that it technically remains at war with its neighbor, nuclear-armed North Korea.

The band had already been given a delay when, in 2020, the South Korean parliament passed a law that said the best K-pop artists could put off their responsibilities until they turned 30. 

Just a few months ago, BTS said that they would be taking a vacation while some of the members worked on solo projects. 

The K-pop group, known for bouncy, catchy songs like Dynamite and Butter, has been the best-selling artist in the world for the previous two years. They have also received accolades for their support of youths’ mental health. 

Many South Koreans consider the band to be a national treasure, and several MPs have recommended that they be given an exemption so they can continue playing. These exemptions have been given to Olympic medalists and other well-known athletes, classical musicians, and dancers. 

The band’s managers, however, claimed in a statement released on Monday that the musicians were happy to fulfill their obligations. Their agency says that Jin, who at first asked that his service start date be pushed back, has now taken back that request. 

According to the announcement, the band probably wouldn’t reunite for at least a few years. 

The management business of BTS released a statement saying, “Both the company and the members of BTS are looking forward to reconvening as a group again around 2025 following their service commitment.” 

In August, when the band’s future was being discussed, the South Korean defense minister made the suggestion that they may continue to perform while enlisting. 

According to Lee Jong-sup, there would be a way to let them perform and rehearse together.

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