Noh Hyeong Ouk, minister of Office for Government Policy Coordination, said on October 18 that a comprehensive review reflecting current trends is needed regarding military service obligations of K-Pop stars such as BTS.
He said, "We need a comprehensive review regarding special exemptions from military service for those in the K-pop industry, in order to reflect the current trend of Korea's expansion as a cultural content powerhouse."
According to the current military laws, exemptions from the mandatory military service are limited to national athletes who win a medal at Olympics or a gold medalist at Asian Games and musicians who top the particular international competitions. Noh is suggesting an expanded review to include world-famous K-Pop stars for special exceptions from the draft.
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