Despite the massive success enjoyed by BTS (방탄소년단) in recent years, the issue of their compulsory military service has been a major buzz among fans and netizens alike.
The hot topic about the group’s enlistment was recently brought up again, after the group was placed at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Are you curious, yet?
Recently, through Big Hit’s registration statement, eldest member Jin is likely to enlist first. However, the label stated that they could delay his enlistment until the end of next year, which is possible according to the current Korean Law.
On the other hand, BTS maknae (youngest member) Jungkook still has a few years left to serve in the military (he is expected to enlist in 2025). A number of fans pointed out that if all of the members were to enlist individually, they might have to wait for 5 years to be able to see the group in full formation again.
Therefore, the South Korean government and the political circle have reportedly suggested to delay BTS’ enlistment for 5 years. In this case, all of the members (excluding Jin) can join Jungkook in the military at the same time. The government is considering minimising BTS’ absence without angering the public. This came in light of the backlash received regarding the idols’ military exemption.
Additionally, the Ministry of Defence also plans on watching how the meetings and discussions unfold. The bill to postpone BTS’ enlistment is said to be a better plan to assist in promoting the Hallyu wave across the globe.
Do you agree with the government’s plan?
Source: Insight Korea.