ARMY, there's a chance that BTS *might* be exempted from South Korea's compulsory military service.
During a recent press briefing, Hwang Hee, South Korea's Culture, Sports, and Tourism Minister, made it clear that he is pushing for the superstar K-pop idols' exemption.
"It’s time to create a system for incorporating popular culture-art figures as art personnel," Hwang Hee noted.
"The [exemption] system has been operated meaningfully to give those who have enhanced the national status based on their excellent skills more chances to contribute to the country, and there is no reason the popular art-culture field should be excluded from this," he added.
Under South Korea's Military Service Act, all able-bodied men must render military service before the age of 30. And time's ticking with BTS' eldest member, Jin, turning 30 in December.
In 2020, South Korea passed an amendment to the said act, which exempts certain K-pop stars from doing military service before age 30. Previously, qualified men were required to sign up before age 28.
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