[MHN Roh Pooleun] South Korea's Parliament passed a law called 'BTS Law' which allows certain Korean entertainers to postpone enlistment.
South Korean male idols are forced to put their music careers on hiatus to enlist in the Korean military for about 20 months by the age of 28, as required by Korean military. Many K-pop fans have had to wait for their idols for nearly 2 years.
In many male idol groups, not all members go to the army at the same time. EXO, for example, sent 3 members to the army first and other members were scheduled to be enlisted when the three members come back. This is to enable the idol group to continue on their career by leaving the majority of members in group.
Now thanks to the revised 'law,' certain idols can postpone their enlistment. Under the new law, certain K-pop stars can postpone their military service until the age of 30, given that they are recognized by the government as a figure who is elevating the national reputation around the world. In case of BTS, all seven members were awarded the Order of Cultural Merit in 2018, which credits them the advantage of the new law.
BTS' Jin and Suga are both on the brink of turning 28, and now they don't have to report for duty yet thanks to the law. If BTS take credit of the new law, they will mark the first time a military exception will be made for a K-pop band member. Similar exceptions have been made previously for top athletes and accomplished musicians and dancers.
BTS can postpone enlistment thanks to the newly revised law!