As the South Korean government limits military exemptions, the Korean boy group BTS is not exempted from rendering the mandatory military service for two years.
The Korean Herald reported that there is a new amendment to the military service law announced by the Korean government.
Chief of the Defense Ministry’s personnel welfare office Lee Nam-woo said that the government would enforce stricter conditions for eligible sports and art individuals.
As explained by Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, military exemptions need to be reduced due to emerging controversies including system fairness among others and low birthrate in the country.
All able-bodied Korean men are required to serve two years of service under South Korea’s Military Service Act.
However, exemptions of the service may cover qualified athletes who are gold medalists at the Asian Games or Olympics and artists who share high honors in competitions internationally.
The exemption system for excluding musicians such as BTS, who internationally topped several music charts, has been criticized by fans.
No South Korean performers have achieved the sustained success of BTS, even if its Psy who broke the Western markets for his hit “Gangnam Style” in 2012 as the first video to have a billion views on YouTube.