South Korea may conduct a military service survey of BTS members

South Korea may conduct a public poll to determine whether to grant exemptions from mandatory military service to members of K-pop boy band BTS, officials said.

he issue of active military service for the band’s seven members has been a hot topic in South Korea, as their oldest member, Jin, faces conscription in December when he turns 30.

Defense Secretary Lee Jong-sup told lawmakers he had ordered officials to quickly conduct a poll.

He said his ministry will also examine various other factors, such as the economic impact of BTS, the importance of military service and the overall national interest.


South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup (Ha Sa-hun/Yonhap via AP)

After his remarks drew attention, his ministry clarified in a statement that Mr. Lee ordered officials to consider whether such a survey is necessary, rather than launching it immediately.

It said officials had been asked to investigate details including which agency was responsible for a survey, how long it would take and who exactly was being interviewed.

The statement said if the survey is conducted, it will be conducted by a third party organization, not the ministry or related agencies, to ensure fairness.

The ministry said the findings are just one of the many factors determining the military status of BTS members.

By law, all able-bodied men in South Korea must serve 18 to 21 months in the military under a conscription system set up to deal with threats from rival North Korea.

But the country grants exceptions to athletes, classical and traditional musicians, ballet and other dancers who win top spots in certain competitions because they are considered nationally recognized.

The liberated are released from military service after three weeks of basic training.

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Boy band BTS performs during filming of The Graham Norton Show (Tom Haines/PA)

However, they must do 544 hours of volunteer work and be active in their chosen field for 34 months.

Some politicians and others have called for expanding the scope of the exceptions to include K-pop stars like BTS, as they have also greatly enhanced South Korea’s international image.

A private poll earlier this year found that about 60% of respondents supported a military exemption for BTS members.

However, another private poll in 2020 found that 46% supported exceptions, while 48% opposed it. South Korea may conduct a military service survey of BTS members

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