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South Korea studies allowing band members to give concerts during military service

The South Korean government is studying ways to allow members of the popular South Korean group BTS to performing in concerts abroad during compulsory military service in the Asian country.

South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup pointed out the need to “find a way to give BTS a chance to continue to act in the national interest“, in a parliamentary committee held the day before and picked up today by the local media.

BTS, fans are afraid that they will disband.  Photo: Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

BTS, fans are afraid that they will disband. Photo: Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Lee also pointed out that the possible exemption for the K-pop group to carry out their rehearsals and performances abroad should be carried out. “without violating the principles of justice and equity”.

It was dealt with by the Korean Parliament

In the parliamentary commission, the possibility of BTS carrying out an alternative social benefit to military servicean option that was already proposed by the Ministry of Culture last May.

In South Korea, country that is technically still at war with its neighbor to the NorthMilitary service, which lasts between 18 and 21 months, is compulsory for all able-bodied males between the ages of 18 and 30.

Jin, the oldest member of BTS, will turn 30 in December, so he should enlistAnd then if there is no legislative reform, which is still stalled due to the protests of many groups of young people who have done military service or are about to start it.

The musicians of BTS are already of age, and even past, to do the mandatory military service in South Korea.  AP Photo

The musicians of BTS are already of age, and even past, to do the mandatory military service in South Korea. AP Photo

On the other hand, there are many voices that for years have been talking about the need to reform the eligibility system before the weight that phenomena like BTS have for the South Korean economy.

The South Korean group announced last June that it was beginning a new stage in which its members would be more focused on personal projectson the grounds that so many years of effort in BTS are exhausting them.

fear of separation

And as much as they deny it, fans fear that BTS will disband. His legion of fans, known as the BTS ARMY, are in shock.

After more than a decade together and a lot of successes and records behind them, BTS broke the news at its traditional annual dinner for fans, the June 13, anniversary of its creation. There, as is traditional for this date, his followers receive gifts such as songs, merchandising and also a video in which the members of the band are seen eating and celebrating their anniversary.

In that meeting known as FESTA, it was RM who took the floor and announced that it was time for everyone to work “on their own” and thus develop their solo careers.

The Korean band was put together at the beginning of the last decade and was made up of Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook. Although they had been together since 2010, his official debut came in 2013 and from that moment the K-pop band had not broken up. Until now.

“We’re not breaking up; we’re just taking time apart,” were SUGA’s words when it became known that Bangtan would be taking a break.

Some BTS musicians, like J-Hope, have already started giving solo shows.  Photo

Some BTS musicians, like J-Hope, have already started giving solo shows. Photo

The one who spoke the most about it and was quite affected was RM, for many the leader of the group. He did not hide his sadness and towards the end, he cried.

Jimin, for his part, also explained the situation and asked the ARMYs to accompany them in this new stage, which officially began with J-Hope’s show at the recent Lollapalooza in Chicago.

Source: EFE

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