Appeal for BTS Military Service Exemption

Hwang Hee, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, urged the establishment of a system to incorporate art personnel for popular culture and arts, also known as the "BTS Act," and appealed that BTS (BTS) should receive a special military service exemption.

Minister Hwang said in a briefing at 11 a.m. on the 4th, "It is because I thought that someone should make a responsible voice at a time when the pros and cons of some members of BTS are at odds with each other ahead of their military enlistment."

"Recently, the Korean Wave has raised the status of Korea beyond recognition. There is BTS at the starting point, squid games, and parasites, he said. "We already provide special military service benefits to experts such as cultural artists, athletes, and degree holders." The total number of military service exemptions was about 134,000 over the past 10 years as of 2019, of which 484 were art and sports personnel.

He added, "We are giving talented people who have been promoting their national prestige with excellent skills an opportunity to contribute more to the country by utilizing their specialties without interruption. It is because I am confident that their activities will serve the national interest more," he added.

Minister Hwang said, "The BTS is generating production inducement of 1.2 trillion won per concert and showing cultural ripple effects around the world," adding, "It is necessary to manage Hallyu contents more effectively, and the military enlistment of famous Korean Wave stars is likely to further spread the image of Korea as a dangerous country." We will also be able to provide an opportunity to drive the social contribution of military service specialists," he said.

Minister Hwang appeals to young people in their 20s. I sincerely appeal to all Koreans who have completed or are currently performing their military service obligations in the future," he said, asking for their understanding of BTS' military service exemption.

Minister Hwang also asked the National Assembly to pass the revision of the Military Service Act on the establishment of a new system for incorporating art personnel for popular culture and arts. "As soon as the amendment is passed, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will closely consult with related ministries such as the Ministry of National Defense and the Military Manpower Administration to create reasonable and fair convenience standards," he said.