Defense Minister Says It Would Be ‘Difficult’ to Exempt BTS From Mandatory Military Service

The latest proposal aimed at allowed BTS‘ members to avoid South Korea’s mandatory military service stint appears unlikely to do the trick. According to the

Korea Times, a lawmaker from the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea proposed a revised bill on Monday (Sept. 19) that would make an exemption for decorated pop stars such

as the seven-man boy K-pop band to swap their military obligations for an alternate service. The fourth go at allowing pop celebrities who have gotten orders of merit

from the government — which BTS received in 2018 — to skirt the required two-year military hitch for all able-bodied men between 18-28 was proposed by Rep. Kim Young-bae, who

reportedly said, “Korean pop celebrities active in the international field make unimaginable economic and social contributions. I believe pop celebrities will make important

contributions to the national interest, including promoting a bid to host the 2030 World Expo in Busan, through doing alternative military service.”More from BillboardTaylor

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Expo in July. There is already a provision that paves the way for noted athletes, actors, directors and classical musicians who’ve made a significant international impact to

complete their service in other ways.