The chances of exceptional idols ability to delay military enlistment have increased.
On December 1, The National Assembly passed a bill that would allow ‘globally recognized male pop culture artists to postpone their mandatory military duties.’ The assembly’s plenary session passed the bill to allow global kpop idols to delay their enlistment.
This comes after a revision was proposed in September of 2020 after BTS became the first-ever South Korean artist to top the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with its song “Dynamite.” The revision no longer suggests exemption but only the ability to delay until they’re 30 years old, currently, according to the law, all able Korean men must serve before they’re 28 years old.
Accordingly, the government will prepare a presidential decree to allow pop culture artists who received a recommendation from the Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism to delay their enlistment until the age of 30. The artist must’ve made significant achievements in enhancing the nation’s image. BTS members received such an award in 2018.
Out of 268 National Assembly members, 253 voted for the bill, 2 voted against it, and 13 abstained.
This would give Jin the chance to delay until he’s 30 years old, he’s currently 28 years old and must enlist soon.
Previously, Jin has stated he is ready to serve his country when the duty calls, more on that here.