According to the media reports on November 25th, all members of the group have applied for enlistment deferral. Previously, the National Assembly decided to include individuals in the field of popular culture and arts who contributed to enhancing the national status and dignity to be included in the benefits of postponing their enlistment.
This amendment to the Military Service Act allowed BTS to postpone their enlistment until the age of 30 as they received the Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit, which is a 5th-grade order of cultural merit in 2018. Most ̾k̾o̾r̾e̾an men must enlist by the age of 28.
The original Military Service Act currently exempts culturally impactful sportsmen and artists with exceptional sкιℓℓs, not including singers. This can refer to musicians or renowned ballet dancers. However, with the impact that BTS has had globally and how they have helped to boost national prestige, many members of the public had been encouraging the government to reconsider expanding exemptions to singers and BTS. It seems that the involved councils are still reluctant to expand exemptions for various reasons, one cited including the drop in human resources for South ̾k̾o̾r̾e̾a due to a declining population.
The Military Manpower Administration also stated that the incorporation of popular cultural singers into the term of art and sports personnel requires careful review in consideration of objective standards and public consensus.
Many have been especially relating this issue to BTS, given that they are one of the very few male singers that have achieved such status in South ̾k̾o̾r̾e̾a and globally. Furthermore, the oldest member, Jin, will have up to December 2022 to join the military if the review is not pa̾s̾sed.
On the morning of November 25th, however, the representative of the ministry of national defense stated during the national a̾s̾sembly that the more inclusive definition of the term of art and sports personnel requires further review regarding various social aspects and public consensus.