South Korea is debating shortening necessary navy service for Ok-pop stars resembling BTS from about two years to 3 weeks.
The difficulty is coming sharply into focus as a result of oldest member of band, Jin, turning 30 subsequent yr.
Underneath a 2019 revision of the legislation, globally recognised Ok-pop stars have been allowed to place off their service till they have been 30.
Navy service is vastly controversial in South Korea the place all able-bodied males aged between 18 and 28 should fulfil their duties as a part of efforts to defend their nation in opposition to nuclear-armed North Korea.
Through the years, some exemptions have grow to be accessible to folks resembling Olympics and Asian Video games medal winners, classical musicians and dancers who win high prizes at sure competitions, permitting them to both delay service or do it for a shorter time.
Parliament is now debating a invoice that will shorten navy service for Ok-pop stars.
Defence Minister Lee Jong-sup, talking at a parliamentary session, mentioned that by permitting BTS to proceed performing, the navy might serve nationwide pursuits with out affecting the already shrinking pool of personnel sources attributable to low start charges.
BTS’s administration, Large Hit, didn’t reply to a request for remark.
“Even when they be part of the navy, there could be a option to give them an opportunity to practise and carry out collectively if there are scheduled concert events overseas,” Mr Lee mentioned.
“As many individuals extremely worth [artists serving] within the navy, that will assist increase their recognition much more.”