The K-Pop group BTS will all be required to serve their country’s military obligations, putting an end to rumors and discussions over their exempt status from the country’s rules.
Jin, the oldest member of the boy band at 29 years old, has put off joining the military for so long that it can no longer be delayed because he will turn 30 later this year.
In South Korea, athletic males between the ages of 18 and 28 are required to train with the military for 18 to 21 months in order to prepare them for any fight.
The Military Manpower Administration’s pertinent enlisting procedures will be followed by Jin, according to a statement from BTS management group HYBE. Jin will cancel the request to delay enlistment in late October 2022.
The remaining six members would sign up for the required military service at a time that suited their schedules.
The organization that oversees BTS, Bighit Music, said in a separate statement that “both the company and the members of BTS are looking forward to reconvening as a group again around 2025 following their service commitment.”
Only a small number of eligible young men have been excused from conscription by the South Korean government due to their superior performance in their chosen fields.
Olympic gold winners and classical performers like Seong-jin Cho, the first South Korean pianist to win the International Chopin Piano Competition, are just a few people who have benefited from this exemption provision.
Many people also believed that the artists would be exempt from military service.
The announcement that BTS, the K-pop group that has received widespread praise and played to sold-out crowds, would be taking a hiatus in June to allow artists to pursue their own music objectives, generated quite a stir among millions of fans.