South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (the equivalent of the Ministry of Defense) took a negative stance in terms of fairness when asked about BTS' exemption from military service.
On the 20th, Minister of National Defense Lee Jung-seop was asked about the special military service exemption for "BTS" at the 4th plenary session of the National Assembly.
Asked whether the issue of military service of "BTS" could be decided through public opinion polls, Minister Lee said, "As for the issue of military service of "BTS," it is difficult to expand the alternative service system in terms of fairness of military service."
Prior to this, Minister Lee attended a National Defense Committee meeting on Aug. 31, and when asked about BTS' exemption from military service, he said, "This morning, I have already instructed the staff to speed up the poll." In response, it was pointed out that the military service issue of "BTS" was being forced on the public, and the next day, the Ministry of National Defense announced that it would not conduct an opinion poll related to the military service issue of "BTS."
In addition, "The Ministry of National Defense will not make a decision on the military service issue of 'BTS' based on the results of the public opinion poll," explained.
Jin, the oldest member of "BTS", has already benefited from the partial revision of the Military Service Law and can postpone his enlistment until December this year. However, if there is no additional amendment to the Military Service Law, it will be impossible to postpone enlistment any further. After that, other members must also enlist according to age.
So far, no conclusion has been reached on the issue of special military service for "BTS." However, netizens are divided over the pros and cons.
Amid this situation, attention is being paid to how this response, which the Ministry of National Defense said would result in the military service of "BTS" in the future, will remain unchanged.
Published : 2022/09/22 14:55 KST
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