Is Now the Best Time for Every BTS Member to Enlist within the Military?

by Jeremy Spirogis
V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin, J-Hope of BTS attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

South Korea requires that younger males serve of their army. It’s a requirement that would wreak havoc on the success of the nation’s standard Ok-Pop band, BTS. Of course, followers need the band to proceed making music. They’re in search of a option to shield their favourite group, particularly with the oldest member of the band, Kim Seok-Jin set to start his service quickly. But is there something that may be completed to maintain BTS collectively?

Does BTS need to serve within the army?

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There are some exceptions from South Korean army service, however they’re uncommon, often going to Olympic athletes not pop-stars. But that didn’t cease BTS followers from asking for his or her exception, and it appears even some Korean officers agree. 

“…Many people would understand that the number one Billboard chart contributed to national good as much as the Olympic gold medal,” Ahn Min Seok, a member of the South Korean National Assembly, stated in a remark translated from Korean and reported by Newsweek.  

However, the fan request was denied. The Korean authorities decided that BTS is not going to be exempt from army service. Fans had been, after all, disenchanted, nevertheless it appears the group members themselves might not thoughts a lot. In an interview with CBS News, Jin defined his emotions about army service. 

“As a Korean, it’s natural, and someday, when duty calls, we’ll be ready to respond and do our best,” he stated. 

Can BTS serve within the army collectively?

V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin, J-Hope of BTS attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin, J-Hope of BTS | Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Since the exception request was denied, followers have switched to a different tactic. There are presently two petitions on-line, one at Change.org, and one other at The Petition Site, asking for BTS band members to be allowed to undergo army service collectively. At the time of this writing, the petitions have collectively gathered over 132,000 signatures. 

Both petitions argue that permitting the band members to serve on the identical time would save time of their profession as a result of they may return to music after the two-year interval, with each member completed with their service. On the opposite hand, in the event that they serve individually, the petitions argue that the band’s loss in reputation would severely impression South Korea’s economic system, tradition, and tourism.

There has been no announcement about whether or not this request shall be granted, or if the BTS members even wish to serve collectively. If they do, it means the band must take nearly two-years off music. However, in the event that they stagger their service, it means the remaining members can be free to pursue solo careers or the band might proceed with fewer members. 

“A lot of K-pop groups have had time to establish members as solo acts, so when they go away they stagger it out,” Taylor Glasby, a contract music journalist conversant in the Ok-pop business, advised the BBC. “With BTS if they were to do that, because of the age gap, we wouldn’t have a full band for years.”

What does the long run appear like for BTS?

Jin is predicted to enlist in army service very quickly, though we don’t have an official date but. He was presupposed to enlist someday this 12 months, however COVID-19 is inflicting delays internationally, and this can be no completely different.

BTS, together with Jin, was scheduled to tour North America on their Map of the Soul tour from April 25 to June 6, however this was canceled due to the virus, as nicely. Instead, final April, the group handled followers to a 12-hour on-line live performance, known as Bang Bang Con. 

There’s no official phrase but on what’s going to occur when Jin enlists in army service. However, if all of them served collectively, this may imply a two-year hiatus for the band, when in any other case they may proceed to launch music in smaller teams. But serving individually would imply the entire group received’t be again collectively for a really lengthy time- presumably over a decade! 

So, is now the very best time for each BTS member to enlist within the army? Honestly, it’s sort of a toss-up, and followers have one thing to lose both means. But since they’re persevering with to launch music proper as much as the purpose the place Jin is predicted to serve, they might be planning to serve individually. However, there are many followers who actually want completely different, and are keen to signal the petitions to make their voice heard. 

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