BTS Jungkook and BTS Jin may now postpone their military service until 2022 and 2027, respectively, if they want to.
The Ministry of National Defense of South Korea announced, on Tuesday, Dec. 22, that K-Pop artists and personalities who were recognized as “Merit Awardees in the Field of Popular Culture and Arts” are also eligible to request delays in their mandatory military service.
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Reports have it that the policy is effective six months after the Ministry of National Defense of South Korea’s public declaration. It can be recalled that the State Council of South Korea established this specific public policy a few days after the same military law was passed by the South Korean General Assembly on Dec. 1.
A Presidential Amendment, which is expected to be set in stone in 2021, will determine the qualifications and requirements to be considered as “Merit Awardees in the Field of Popular Culture and Arts.”
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Moreover, the Ministry of National Defense of South Korea is carefully scrutinizing the said policy so no famous K-Pop artists and personalities can exploit and mishandle it.
As a matter of fact, only those included in the categories set by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) are allowed to file delay requests.
Most, if not all, fans are aware that all able-bodied men in South Korea, aging between 18 and 28, are required to serve in the military for 20 months.
However, under the so-called “BTS Military Act,” certain K-pop stars can defer their service should the culture minister approve and recommend it. Prior to the passing of this bill, only classical musicians and high-profile athletes are allowed to have military service deferrals or exemptions.
Since BTS has been sweeping the world in recent years and its skyrocketing popularity overseas, members Jin, Jimin, Jungkook, RM, J-Hope, Suga, and V are expected to enjoy this perk.
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In November, the “Life Goes On” singers became the first-ever K-pop act to receive a nomination for Grammy Awards. The group’s hit single “Dynamite” was nominated for the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category.
The news came just months after “Dynamite” dominated the Billboard charts for weeks when the track was first released in August.
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American host Jimmy Fallon even took to Twitter to congratulate Jin, Jimin, Jungkook, RM, J-Hope, Suga, and V. James Corden, another popular American host, also expressed his joy after learning the news, saying that he is happy for BTS and their fans called the ARMYs.
Meanwhile, Jin, Jimin, Jungkook, RM, J-Hope, and V opened up about their current health situation of Suga and how they truly miss their co-member. During the recently concluded KBS Gayo Daecukje 2020, BTS member Jimin explained why Suga was not able to show up and join them during the said event.
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The “Boy With Luv” singer said Suga went on a temporary hiatus after he underwent shoulder surgery before adding that the void he left is much bigger than they expected. RM then added he was having a hard time during press conferences because he did not have Suga’s cool and intuitive care.
J-Hope chimed in and said he appreciates how Suga has put effort into composing and producing songs. Jin revealed that the overall mood of BTS is down due to Suga’s absence, adding that something is different about his jokes.
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