SEOUL, Nov. 4 (Yonhap) — K-pop sensation BTS’s Jin has officially declared his willingness to cancel his recruitment postponement, the music industry reported Friday.
Jin submitted an application to the Military Manpower Administration (MMA) on Thursday to cancel his enlistment deferment, so he could enlist by the end of this year at the earliest.
Jin, born in 1992, had delayed his conscription until the end of this year, in accordance with the Military Service Law, amended in 2020.
In South Korea, all able-bodied men must serve in the military for about two years, but current law allows international award-winning classical athletes and musicians, recommended by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, to serve. alternatives in their respective fields, instead of active military service.
Bills that would include globally recognized male pop culture artists such as BTS in the program remain pending in the National Assembly, amid a protracted debate over whether the septet should be exempted, in recognition of their contribution to improve the country’s national brand.