National Assembly needs further discussion about ‘BTS Military Service Exemption’ Act

연합뉴스 / 2021-11-25 14:55:32
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▲ This Reuters photo shows BTS delivering their acceptance speech for the "Artist Of The Year" Award during the 2021 American Music Awards on Nov. 21, 2021, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Yonhap)



SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Yonhap) -- A discussion regarding amendment to the Military Service Act to exempt pop artists, who elevated the country’s status, from military duty has taken place at the the National Assembly but didn’t reach to a conclusion.


During a subcommittee meeting of the parliament's national defense committee on Thursday, only a portion saw it just to exempt BTS from military service looking at the magnificent economical profit the band has yielded while the majority claimed that a deeper discussion is necessary considering the public opinions which are quite sensitive about matters related to military services.

Earlier, several lawmakers such as Ahn Min-suk of ruling Democratic Party of Korea, Yoon Sang-hyun and Sung Il-jong of the main opposion People Power Party have called for an amendment of the Military Service Act to include pop artists into exemption from military enlistment as well. If the proposals had gotten passed, pop-culture stars such as BTS would not need to join the army but instead act as artistic agents for the country.

“Regardless of parties, the committee couldn’t reach to an agreement. We have decided a public debate about the matter,” said an official from the National Assembly defense committee through a call with Yonhap News.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of National Defense announced that the matter of whether to change the law must be reviewed cautiously.

Mentioning the need for social consent about fairness on carrying out one’s military duty and the consistent reduction of military human resources due to plummeting population, Boo Seung-chan, spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense said, “Taking these circumstances into account, expanding the range of artistic and athlete agents is a difficult and cautious choice to make.

“Exempting pop artists from military duties needs prudent reviews with relevant authorities to establish objective criteria considering fairness based on national consent,” announced the Military Manpower Administration.





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