K-Pop Superstars BTS can delay military service after new law passed

LDN Music Magazine

Words: Thomas-Bradey Riseley 

K-Pop stans can breathe a deep sigh of relief – for now.

The K-Pop world was rocked recently when hearing the news that BTS, arguably the biggest boy band in the world, would have to disband temporarily to enlist for South Korea’s mandatory military service. The bands’ varying age range – 23-28 years old – means that they reach the threshold for enlisting at different times. The law previously stated that all able-bodied men in the country would have to serve in the military for 18 months by the time they are 28. BTS’s oldest member, Jin, turns 28on Friday December 12 and would’ve had until December 31 to enlist. The new law defers the age limit to 30.

Up to now, the law allowed exemptions for top artists athletes and musicians; Tottenham Hotspurs’ Son Heung-Min is exempt due to his display as captain of the South…

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