BTS are “obligated” to serve in the South Korean Army for at least 18 months.
According to TMZ, the K-Pop boy band members have the same duties as everyone else in their country, an obligation to protect and serve their country. South Korea requires all men ages 18-28 to serve in the Military for at least 18 months to add to the nation’s 555,000-strong active force and 3.1 million reserve troops.
“It is very much expected that young Korean men serve the country and those BTS members are role models for many young-generation Koreans,” Gunn Kim, South Korea’s Ambassador to Britain, shared (per TMZ). “Most of our people expect that our members of BTS will fulfil their obligation as citizens of Korea. Eventually I think that will happen.”
While the South Korean Ambassador did not specify when the group, consisting of members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, will be called to serve. He has made it clear that they will and are not excused from the mandatory South Korea requirement.
South Korea passed a law in December 2020, dubbed the BTS law, which allows members of the boy band to postpone their military duties until they turn 30-years-old.
Kim Seok-Jin, who goes by Jin, will turn 30 later this year, which has recently sparked rumors that he will be taking a hiatus from the group and serving his country.
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BTS will perform Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY-nominated track “Butter” during the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, April 3, live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Hosted by Trevor Noah, the 2022 GRAMMY Awards will air on Sunday, April 3 via CBS Network at 8/7c.