The longstanding debate is over — the seven members of BTS will fulfil their authorized responsibility to carry out navy service in South Korea.
For years, BTS followers have known as for the members — Park Jimin, Kim Seok-jin (Jin), Jeon Jung-kook, Kim Nam-joon (RM), Min Yoon-gi (Suga), Jung Ho-seok (J-Hope) and Kim Tae-hyung (V) — to be exempt from necessary service for his or her contributions to the South Korean financial system and nation’s repute.
Nevertheless, as is necessary of all able-bodied South Korean males, the members of BTS will every serve virtually two years within the navy.
“Group member Jin will provoke the method as quickly as his schedule for his solo launch is concluded on the finish of October,” BTS’ administration wrote within the assertion. “He’ll then observe the enlistment process of the Korean authorities. Different members of the group plan to hold out their navy service primarily based on their very own particular person plans.”
The 2-time Grammy nominated band BTS will regroup “round 2025” when all seven males have completed navy service, their administration claimed.
In June, the members of BTS introduced they might pause their group actions to pursue solo tasks.
The break now permits the members to fulfil the South Korean navy requirement for all males below 30 to serve between 18 and 21 months. (The members of BTS had been all born between 1993 and 1997.)
Refusing navy service is a criminal offense in South Korea that carries a doable jail sentence and destructive social stigma.
The South Korean authorities has lengthy since upheld that navy service should be necessary to guard in opposition to doable assault from North Korea. The 2 international locations are nonetheless technically at battle and have been because the Nineteen Fifties.
There have solely been a really choose few South Koreans exempted from navy service due to their worldwide careers, together with pianist Seong-jin Cho and Tottenham footballer Son Heung-min.
Earlier this 12 months, BTS launched their first anthology album Proof.
“We assist and encourage our artists and are past proud that they may every now have time to discover their distinctive pursuits and do their responsibility by being of service to the nation they name house,” wrote BTS’ company.
The company referenced the BTS music But To Come (The Most Lovely Second), writing that the ballad “is greater than a monitor from their newest album, it’s a promise, there’s rather more but to come back within the years forward from BTS.”
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