New Army Law and How It Affects Idols

Still, many fans took to Twitter to express their grief at the prospect of three years without any new content from Bangtan. Some have even expressed concerns about the safety of serving members. While K-pop idols serve almost exclusively in non-combatant roles, they are unlikely to face physical danger, there is a long history of idols struggling to assimilate into the military because of their fame. SHINees Taemin, in particular, was forced to switch roles last year as his mental health deteriorated. Given BTS` unparalleled fame, some fans are concerned about their privacy and security during the service. Previously, rules that had lived abroad had exempted them from military service for a long time in other countries. But the exception to this rule are those who hold a non-Korean passport. Foreign-born ethnic Koreans with non-Korean passports are considered foreigners and must serve in the military. Currently, idols Mark and Johnny from NCT, Jacob and Kevin from THE BOYZ hold non-Korean passports and may be exempt from conscription.

Idols who are ethnically Korean but do not have a Korean passport are considered foreigners and do not need to register. These idols include BM from KARD and Johnny from NCT, who is American, and Mark from NCT/Super M, who is Canadian. This also applies to Kevin and Jacob from The Boyz. However, the same is not true for their member, Eric, who was born in South Korea but moved to the United States. For some, there is still a glimmer of hope. As for the rest of the foreign idols like the GOT7 Mark, Jackson and BamBam or Yuto and Yanan of the Pentagon who are ethnically non-Korean, this law will not apply to them. Even idols like BTS`s Jin, who have contributed massively to South Korea`s economy and culture, can push their conscription up to the age of 30. Idols who have dual nationality have the choice of continuing to hold the citizenship of two countries or relinquishing one. So if they decide to continue with dual citizenship, they will have to serve in the Korean military. If they do not want to, they will have to renounce their Korean citizenship at the age of 18.

When it comes to idols who have dual citizenship, Korean law requires men to decide whether or not to continue to have dual citizenship. If they want to keep dual citizenship, they must serve in the Korean army. However, if they do not want to serve, they must renounce Korean citizenship. When Jin turned 28 in late 2020, he became one of the first K-pop stars to be offered a two-year pardon by the military for his contribution to “improving Korea`s international image.” While seasoned K-pop fans are no strangers to recruiting their favorite male idols, bands have taken different approaches to recruiting in the past. Some have taken longer breaks during which members build solo careers, while others have remained active and promoted as groups or sub-units, while some members have been absent. Notable idols currently in service include Baekhyun from EXO and Taemin from SHINee. Korean-born idols living in another country were previously exempt, but no more. If they return to South Korea and live 3 years or more, they must serve in the military. So, like Eric from The Boyz, we have I.M from Monsta X, who has lived in South Korea since he was a youth and therefore needs to get in touch. KPop`s idols, including Vernon from SEVENTEEN, have dual citizenship. Therefore, he will likely be asked to serve in the military. Stray Kids members Bang Chan and Felix are Australian citizens, so they are exempt from military service.

Jake d`ENHYPHEN also has dual citizenship, but he still has time to vote because he is not yet 18 years old. Whether the group`s seven members should serve in the military is one of the hottest questions in South Korea, as their oldest member, Jin, is likely to be recruited early next year after turning 30 in December. On the other hand, foreign-born ethnic Koreans holding non-Korean passports are considered foreigners and do not have to serve. These include idols like Mark and Johnny from NCT, Jacob and Kevin from THE BOYZ. Many idols who have already made their choice are Vernon from SEVENTEEN and Bang Chan and Felix from Stray Kids. Bang Chan and Felix are currently listed as the only (Australian) nationality on their Namuiwiki profiles, while Vernon is still under dual nationality. It is likely that Vernon will have to serve in the army. Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup said during the parliamentary session that by continuing BTS`s performance, the military could serve national interests without affecting the already shrinking pool of human resources due to the low birth rate.

Previous moves by the government to potentially exempt BTS have provoked a backlash from the public. Since its debut in 2013, BTS has become a global sensation with its upbeat successes and social campaigns to empower young people. Members of South Korean boy band BTS will perform their mandatory military service, and it will take about three years for the incredibly popular septet to return as a group, their agency announced Monday. Without a revision of the law, the government can take steps to grant special exemptions. But previous exemptions for people who have done well in undesignated competitions have sparked serious debates about the fairness of the system. After decades of low birth rates, the country will soon run out of young men to keep its conscripted army at 620,000, defense officials said. The other six members will also perform their military duties on the basis of individual schedules. “The company and BTS members look forward to meeting again as a group around 2025 after their service commitment,” the agency said. All South Korean men must register before the age of 28 and serve for at least 18 months. BTS`s oldest member, Jin, was originally scheduled to be enlisted by December 2020.

However, the South Korean government created a new exception just three days before the artist`s 28th birthday. The so-called “BTS Act” allows K-pop stars who have been awarded South Korean Hwagwan Cultural Merit Orders to apply to postpone their military service until the age of 30. The post revealed that after the promotions, Jin plans to sign on for the release of his next solo single at the end of October. The other six members – RM, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook – are expected to sign up in the next few years, with the company promising a “reunion” of the group around 2025. Military service is highly controversial in South Korea, where all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 28 must perform their defense duties against nuclear-armed North Korea. After years of public and private debate, K-pop group BTS announced early Monday morning that the seven members of the K-pop juggernaut will join the South Korean military in the next few years.