K-pop group BTS.


No exemptions: BTS to serve in South Korean army, says agency

Members of K-pop group BTS will serve their mandatory military duties under South Korean law, according to their management company on Monday (October 17).

According to Big Hit Music, the band’s oldest member, Jin, will revoke his request to delay his army enlistment at the end of the month.

The six other members of BTSW also plan to serve in the military. The music company said Jin will begin his process as early as end of October, while others will join the army when they are asked.

On Twitter, Big Hit Music issued another statement that BTS members are “looking forward to reconvening as a group again around 2025 following their service commitment”.

The announcement came after Lee Ki Sik, commissioner of the Military Manpower Administration, told lawmakers that it would be “desirable” for BTS members to fulfil their military duties to ensure fairness in the country’s military service.

Jin faces possible enlistment early next year after turning 30 in December. Under South Korean law, able-bodied men are required to perform 18-21 months of military service, but special exemptions had been granted or athletes and artists. ICA/Expat Media

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