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Boy band members may be exempted from military service

The consensus has been that Jin will have to leave K-pop group BTS next year to join the military, which prompted many fans to worry about the possible disbanding of the seven-piece boy band.

Thus far, the Korean government iterated that the country will not increase the incentive for athletes or musicians in the military exemption.

This means that Jin, who was born in 1992, cannot delay his conscription beyond next June because men between the age of 18 and 28 should serve at least 21 months in the military here.

Other members are also required to go for military service between 2022 and 2026.

But government officials recently said that the country would have to review the current rules. They said that the rules should reflect recent situations.

Presently, male athletes can avoid a mandatory stint in the military if they win a medal at the Olympics or top the podium at the Asian Games.

The same benefit goes for those who win first or second place at an international art competition.

In comparison, winners of a pop music competition like the Billboard albums chart are not allowed to merit the military exemption.

Against this backdrop, many cried foul at the current rules, but the Seoul administration has refused to change the policy.

Yet, some officials hinted that the stance might be changed. It remains to be seen how the government would deal with the case because they have yet to elaborate on the thorny issue.

Koreans are split into two opposing camps on whether the country should increase the incentive in the military exemption.


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