Members of K-pop band BTS will perform their mandatory military duties under South Korean law, their management company said.
The announcement effectively ends a debate about the band being paroled for their artistic accomplishments.
Big Hit Music said the band’s oldest member, Jin, will rescind his request to defer his draft at the end of the month and take the necessary steps to become drafted.
The other six members also plan to serve in the military, according to the company’s filing with financial regulators, which it described as management-related information that could potentially affect investment decisions.
Big Hit issued another statement on Twitter, saying the company and BTS members “look forward to reuniting as a group following their promise of service around 2025.”
No further information was given about the time of her service.
The band members performed together in Busan over the weekend to support the city’s Expo bid, but only solo projects appear to be planned until 2025.
The announcement came after Military Manpower Administration commissioner Lee Ki Sik told lawmakers this month that it was “desirable” for BTS members to perform their military duties to ensure fairness in the country’s military service.
Whether BTS members will need to serve in the army has been a hotly debated topic in South Korea, as Jin faced possible conscription early next year after his 30th birthday in December.
Under South Korean law, most able-bodied men are required to serve 18 to 21 months of military service, but special exceptions have been granted to athletes and artists who excel in certain international competitions associated with national prestige.
Because the South Korean draft interrupts young men’s careers or studies, circumventing military duties or creating exemptions is a highly sensitive issue.
Opinion polls over the past few weeks showed that the public was divided over whether BTS members should serve in the military.
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