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On December 1, South Korea National Assembly passed a new Military Service Law. The new law is about the postponement of military service for Kpop stars. With the revised law, Kpop artists like BTS can postpone military service.
South Korea Military Law
Previously, the Military Service Law stated that all healthy South Korean men between 18 and 28 must serve in the military. It lasts about 18 to 21 months unless the individual is eligible for an exemption.
Only internationally successful athletes, classical musicians, and those studying in a Ph.D. program abroad are granted exceptions or suspensions.
Therefore, BTS’s oldest member, Kim Seok Jin, who turns 28 on December 4, must register by the end of 2020.
South Korea New Military Service Law; BTS Postpone MIlitary Service
The revision of the Military Service Law of South Korea was proposed in September, shortly after BTS Dynamite hit the Billboard Hot 100. Then, South Korea’s National Assembly approved the new law with voting: 253 votes for the bill, 2 votes against it, and 13 abstained, out of a total of 268 National Assembly members.
On December 1, the National Assembly announced the passing of a new law about the postponement of military service for Kpop stars. It’s a double joy for BTS and ARMY as BTS’s song “Life Goes On” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Moreover, it’s also three days ahead of BTS Jin’s birthday on December 4.
The new law includes Kpop artists to get exemption on the military service. It stated that artists who have a significant achievement in enhancing the nation’s image and cultural status, as well as improving the economy, will receive a recommendation from the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. With the recommendation, they are allowed to postpone their military service until the age of 30.
BTS Significant Achievements
There are many BTS achievements. Here are some of BTS significant achievements:
In 2018, BTS members received the country’s Hwagwan orders of cultural merit from the government. They also have worked with the UNICEF for campaigns against violence toward children and teens.
In September, BTS made another history. They are the first South Korean artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart with their song “Dynamite.” In the same month, BTS gave an inspirational speech for the youth at South Korea’s First Youth Day on September 19.
On November 24, BTS song “Dynamite” is nominated for Grammy Award 2021 for Best Pop Duo / Group Performance category.
On December 1, BTS made history again as their new Korean song “Life Goes On” reaches the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100.
Not only that, there are seven BTS songs from their latest self-produced album “BE” that entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Here is the rank and song title:
- No. 1, Life Goes On”
- No. 3, “Dynamite” (up from No. 14; spent three weeks at No. 1)
- No. 13, “Blue & Grey”
- No. 22, “Stay”
- No. 69, “Fly to My Room”
- No. 70, “Telepathy”
- No. 72, “Dis-ease”
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