Update On BTS’ Mandatory Military Service

Bits of news have been coming in about the mandatory military service in South Korea that will effect BTS very soon.

According to Uproxx, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) announced this week that they would be making a decision on the group’s military service by December.

Currently the band is in limbo as far as scheduling because of possible member changes for next year. As it stands, BTS’ oldest member Jin, at 29, would be eligible for military service on his 30 birthday.

The Ministry says that because BTS has made Korea known as the “vanguard of K-culture” which has created a huge economic ripple effect for the country… that will play into their decision.

If passed, the group is freed from military obligation. If their exemption does not apply then members must enlist starting early next year.

TL;DR:

  • Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) announced this week that they would be making a decision on the group’s military service by December.
  • Jin, at 29, would be eligible on his 30 birthday.
  • the Ministry says that because BTS has made Korea known as the “vanguard of K-culture”… that will play into their decision.