By law, all South Korean men must serve in the military before the age of 28. But many believe that the K-Pop band is more useful singing.
The South Korean K-pop group BTS managed to cross the borders of their country and became one of the greatest exponents of the genre. Is he First South Korean Ensemble to Reach Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart from United States. That is why fanatics and politicians are calling for their exemption from mandatory military service.
Under South Korean law, all healthy men between the ages of 18 and 28 are legally required to serve in the military for two years as part of defense policy against North Korea.
The oldest member of the band, Jin, turned 27 in December and must therefore sign up before the end of 2021. His bandmates, RM, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook, are between 23 and 26 and soon they will have to do the same.
Thanks to their popularity, they got politicians to come out to support their musical career. “Not everyone has to pick up a rifle to serve the country”said Noh Woong-rae, a high-ranking member of the ruling Democratic Party, via the site Sky News.
South Korea has already granted exemptions for high-profile athletes. An example is the case of Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min. Musicians such as award-winning pianist Seong-Jin cho were also pardoned from military service. Until now, this exception has never been granted to a K-pop figure.
Jeon Yong-gi, another politician from the same party, last month proposed a revision of the law, which would mean that figures of that musical genre could delay their service until they were 30 years old. He argued that the current regulations negatively affect their professions.
“For the sake of justice, we are not talking about exempting them from their duty, but about pop musicians and artists like BTS, their careers can flourish in their twenties,” he explained. “We cannot allow military service to block their path at the height of their careers.”.
In addition to the leaders, the citizens of South Korea also support this measure. According to a survey of Kuki News, 31.3% of respondents believe that BTS should not be required to perform military servicewhile 28.6% said it should be delayed. The query revealed that 30.5% supported the normal service for the band.
Although record label Big Hit Entertainment declined to comment on the group, the members have confessed in previous interviews that they intend to comply with the law of their country. Jin said at an earlier press conference that military service is “natural duty.”
Through a petition platform, the ARMY, as the fans of the ensemble are known, collected signatures for the singers to do the service together and thus avoid separation. The request is directed to the president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, among other officials.
Last year, the record company had to go out and clarify that the band was not planning to enlist in the near future, as there were strong rumors that the group would disintegrate this year due to this measure.