Posted by Sophie-Ha Thursday, June 24, 2021

Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism says, "I will definitely write a recommendation for BTS to postpone their enlistment"


Attention is being gathered on whether BTS will be the first ones who will be able to postpone their mandatory military enlistment once the military law revision is implemented. 

The so-called "BTS Military Service Act," which allows pop culture artists to delay military service, has crossed the threshold of the National Assembly's standing committee. There is no disagreement between the ruling and opposition parties; therefore, they finally came to a resolution on how to select the exceptional pop culture candidates. Artists who have received a National Certificate of Merit can be considered for the delay in enlistment.

These individuals must first receive a recommendation from the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism to be considered for the postponement. The Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, Hwang Hee, said on a YTN broadcast that he will definitely recommend BTS if they were to submit an application for the postponement. Minster Hwang said, "Although BTS has yet to submit an application for a recommendation for the postponement, I will definitely write a recommendation for them."

However, some in the cultural community point out that BTS is the only one who can benefit from the revised law, so it is necessary to expand the scope of application. In response, Minister Hwang replied, "We will consider the fairness, equity, and opinions of the Ministry of National Defense."

The military service postponement system for pop culture artists, which took effect on the day, means that if the individuals are recognized to have made a significant contribution to the promotion of national prestige as pop culture artists, they can postpone the enlistment until they are 30 years old.

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Daxel1,780 pts Thursday, June 24, 2021 3
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Let's be honest, BTS are more qualified than any medalist or musician to be exempt from having to serve. They've done more for South Korea in these past 4-5 years than just about anyone else.

However, I have no doubt they will enlist. Mainly because they know it's their duty and that if they didn't, fans from other groups and a number of Korean citizens that look down on kpop would be pissed. Like, true tea, we all know the reason they can't be exempt is that other kpop fandoms would raise hell. XD


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asuyuka82 pts Thursday, June 24, 2021 32
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Ah, yes, special treatment


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