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All Members Of K-Pop Band BTS To Serve In Military, Says Their Agency


All members of K-Pop band BTS will serve in the military, says their agency

Some South Korean lawmakers have called for BTS to be exempt from military service.

Seoul:

K-pop boy band BTS will perform their mandatory military service, starting early with oldest member Jin, their management agency said on Monday.

Jin, 29, has been out of service for as long as he can and faces the prospect of an impending long time – meaning almost two years without a public appearance – when he turns 30 in December.

Since their debut in 2013, BTS has become a worldwide craze with upbeat hits and social campaigns aimed at empowering young people.

“Jin will cancel the request to postpone his enlistment at the end of October 2022 and follow the relevant enlistment procedures of the Military Manpower Administration,” the seven-member band HYBE’s management team said in a statement. prescribed records.

All other members will also perform mandatory military service according to their respective plans, it added.

“Both the company and the members of BTS look forward to reuniting as a group sometime around 2025 following their commitment to service,” Bighit Music, owned by HYBE, BTS’ management company, said in a statement. separate statement.

All fit men in South Korea between the ages of 18 and 28 must serve in the military for 18 to 21 months as part of efforts to defend against a nuclear-armed North Korea. .

However, a number of categories have earned exemptions or served shorter terms, including Olympic and Asian Games medalists, and top prize-winning classical musicians and dancers. in certain competitions. Some lawmakers have called for BTS to be exempted.

In June, BTS announced a hiatus from the group’s musical activities to pursue solo projects, raising questions about the group’s future.

They reunited for a free concert on Saturday in Busan to support Korea’s hosting of the World Expo 2030 in the port city.

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