Members of BTS say they will perform their mandatory military service. The move follows a debate in South Korea about whether pop stars should be allowed to defer service. A MARTINEZ, HOST: The members of the world's biggest K-pop band, BTS, say they will perform their required service in South Korea's military.
After years of public and private debate, K-pop group BTS announced early Monday morning that all seven members of the K-pop juggernaut will enter the South Korean military over the next several years.
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The biggest question about the biggest K-pop band has been answered. The members of BTS will enlist in South Korea's military as required by law, the band's label said on Monday, ending months of public debate about whether the group qualified for an exemption to mandatory conscription.
All male citizens aged 18 to 28 are required to serve for about two years to guard against North Korea. Kim Seok-jin, BTS' oldest member, is required to join the army after he turns 30 on Dec 4, and the second-oldest member Min Yoon-ki is due to be enlisted in 2024 under a revised law.
The group plan to disband briefly while its members serve their mandatory time in the South Korean military, BTS' management company announced Monday. The group will reunite sometime around 2025, after all seven members have had a chance to serve.
BTS members – RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, Taehyung and Jungkook – will slowly and gradually enlist in the mandatory service in the South Korean military. On Monday, BigHit Music announced that the Bangtan Boys have decided to go forward with the military enlistment and not delay it anymore.
“While many fans of the K-pop sensations were hoping the band members would be given special consideration due to their contribution to the South Korean economy and international prestige, the artists will each serve almost two years in the military,” The Guardian said.
Big Hit says that the first BTS member to enter the military will be the group's oldest performer: Kim Seok-jin, who is known as Jin. The 29-year-old plans to enlist as soon as his solo project is rolled out later this month.
However, the first member to be enlisted, Jin, will release his solo material in the coming weeks. BTS label BigHit Music, a subsidiary of HYBE, announced Monday that each of the BTS members – Jin, RM, J-Hope, Suga, Jimin, V and Jungkook – is going to face mandatory national service, though timing will vary by member.
In return for being exempted from military service, South Korea's conscientious objectors are expected to work in the country's prison system. They're typically rotated between jobs in prison laundries and kitchens, with stints of administrative duty. They also serve 36 months—twice as long as military conscripts.
Since the news surfaced online, there have been several queries, reactions, and opinions online and fans were wondering if the band will all serve together. According to the official statement, after Jin joins the military, the other members will enlist soon after. The group plans to regather in 2025.
Under South Korean law, most able-bodied men are required to perform 18-21 months of military service, but special exemptions had been granted for athletes and artists who excel in certain international competitions that have been tied to national prestige.
BTS singer Jungkook has opened up about reports of disbanding. Jungkook took to VLive on Wednesday to clarify these reports and assure BTS ARMY that they have he and the other members - RM, Jin, Jimin, J-Hope, V, and Suga - have no plans of breaking up the band anytime soon.
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BTS members to serve in South Korean military amid heated debate over their exemption. All BTS members, starting with Jin, will join the military, BigHit Music said. All members of the K-pop band will serve the required military service, starting with Jin, 29, who will be called for duty at the end of the month.
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