Postponement of military service for Faker and BTS, among others, approved by South Korean parliament

South Korean boy band BTS and the successful gamer Faker will most likely be given a two-year grace period to begin their military service. Parliament has approved the proposal of MP Jeon Yong-gi. The proposal has already been accepted by the military, but with the approval of parliament it is now actually coming through.

After the defense committee of the Korean National Assembly, parliament also approved Jeon Yong-gi’s proposal. As a result, South Korean men who are seen as “National treasures“Get a two-year grace period on their compulsory military service. With “National treasuresRefers to men who have made significant contributions to South Korean culture or economy in their own way.

Military service

South Korea is one of the few countries where there is still mandatory military service. This means that every man between 18 and 28 years old is obliged to go to the army. This military service lasts at least 21 months (with the army or the Marine Corps) and maximum 36 months (for service as a doctor, lawyer, veterinarian or expert investigator). After military service, men are required to undergo several days of military training each year for a period of six years.

At the moment there are already some exceptions in force. These apply to award-winning violinists, pianists and ballet dancers, as well as Olympic medalists and gold medalists at the Asian Games. Anyone who wins a medal for South Korea has to undergo just four weeks of military training. Just like all other South Korean men, they have to attend the annual training courses. The football player Son Heung-min recently made use of this. Son plays for the British team Tottenham Hotspur, but won gold at the Asian Games in 2018, which allowed him to follow a shortened military service.

Exception for “National treasures

Congressman Jeon Yong-gi submitted a proposal several months ago to have more exceptions to the South Korean military service rule. This is not a shortened military service, as with athletes, but a postponement. In concrete terms, this means that the men in question should not start the service at the age of 28, but only at the age of 30.

“With this proposal we want to give the elite in the culture or art world the opportunity to postpone their compulsory military service. This concerns, for example, BTS or Faker, who have received recognition from the Minister of Culture, Sports or Tourism. ”

BTS and Faker

It is not yet certain whether BTS and Faker will receive the exception, because they must first obtain recognition from the Ministry of Culture, Sports or Tourism. But since the proposal already included the names of BTS and Faker and they have also made significant contributions to South Korea’s economy and culture, it seems obvious that they will be able to take advantage of the new law in the meantime.

Faker will therefore be able to participate in the world championship without any problem League of Legends. Without the delay, it was uncertain whether Faker would be allowed to travel to China to participate in that World Cup. For BTS, this means that the oldest members, Jin and SUGA, do not have to start their military service until December 2023 and March 2024. That gives the boy band extra time to continue their impressive career with seven. For example, BTS recently made history on the Billboard 100 with the songs from the brand new album “BE”.


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