It’s not only pop-music fans, but also high-ranking government officials who seem totally enamoured by the charms of BTS. A new parliament bill has been passed by the South Korean government, where the maximum age for able-bodied South Korean men to join the military is between 18 and 28. However, as per the new government law, pop-culture artists can postpone their mandatory military service to the age of 30 in view that they contribute to the nation by boosting the economy manifold through their work. While this new bill applied to all pop-culture artists in South Korea, it’s been touted that the bill has been specifically passed for the K-pop band since two of its members, Jin and Suga, will soon turn 28, and their participation with the group was under threat.
According to South Korea’s revised Military Service Act, “a pop culture artist who was recommended by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism to have greatly enhanced the image of Korea both within the nation and throughout the world would be allowed to postpone their military service until age of 30 if they do not have an extraordinary reason.” Prior to this amendment, the Military Service Act only permitted athletes, classical musicians and those who enrolled in Ph.D. programs abroad to defer their military service.
No doubt, BTS fans were over the moon with jubilation, taking to Twitter in droves to express their joy. One user commented, “Congratulations Jin. I can’t tell you my happiness,” while another fan wrote, “Yo yo yo!!! The New BTS Law is passed in SKorea! Which means Jin’s military service is postponed till he is 30! ARMY REJOICE!” The septet, comprising RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook, recently earned their first Grammy nomination beside topping the Billboard Hot 100 and illboard 200 charts with their new song, Lie Goes On.
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