South Korea's Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup announced in a parliamentary session on Monday the
1st that the Korean pop group BTS will be able to continue performing overseas even during its members' mandatory military service.
"Even if they join the military, there would be a way to give them a chance to rehearse and perform
together if there are scheduled overseas concerts." Jong-sup reported, according to The Korea Herald
portal. "Since several people highly value [artists serving] in the armed forces, this could help further increase their popularity."
In South Korea, able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 28 must serve a mandatory period of nearly
two years of military service. So far, the benefit of exemption from military service is given only to classical musicians and renowned athletes.
In 2019, a revision of the rule established the possibility for globally recognized k-pop singers to defer enlistment until age 30, which
became known as the "BTS Law." Under the current law, singer Jin, the oldest member of the group, must enlist in December, when he turns 30.
Meanwhile, the South Korean parliament is debating the possibility of shortening the service time
of k-pop stars to three weeks. The members of BTS have already commented on the mandatory service and said that they see it as natural to fulfill it.