South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism shared how BTS reacted to the ongoing debate on the military exemption.
This summer, the fairness of South Korea's military exemption policy came into discussion, and it garnered great attention from the public when politician Ha Tae Kyung used BTS as an example in his claims. He stated if winners of piano and violin competitions can be exempt from the military then people who have a profound effect on the image of Korea such as BTS should also be exempt. Since then, the debate on whether or not the members of BTS deserve an exemption has been ongoing.
During the annual audit at the National Assembly on October 10, the issues on the current military exemption policy came into a topic of discussion. Cho Kyung Tae of the Liberty Korea Party stated, "Recently, fairness has been questioned as people ask, 'Why is BTS of K-pop not given a military exemption?'" and emphasized the need for a reform.
In response, Do Jong Hwan, the minister of Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism shared, "The 7 members of BTS are sensitive about the issues relating to the military," and revealed, "They said they will definitely serve in the military no matter what."
He then added, "Abolishment and various other opinions will be considered into the discussion. We plan to come to a reasonable measure. We will continue the discussion with the Military Manpower Administration and the Ministry of National Defense."