BTS Talks About The Military Service and Their Future As a Group

BTS members, during their recent interview with the Rolling Stone, answered questions everything from xenophobia and masculinity to romantic relationships. The group also talked about their military service and life after it.

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All men in South Korea are required to enlist in the military by their 28th birthday, with few exceptions and these are: Athletes who have won medals in the Olympics or Asian Games are exempt from serving, but there were no such exemptions for award winning K-Pop idols until last year.

Back in December 2020, a few days before BTS Jin’s 28th birthday, the South Korea government passed the so-called “BTS Law,” where male K-Pop celebrities who received government medals for their domestic and global cultural contributions can now apply for deferment until the age of 30.


So, a pop-culture artist or K-Pop celebrity who was recommended by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism to have greatly enhanced the image of Korea both domestic and international would now be able to wait until he is 30 to serve.

BTS Jin told the Rolling Stone that, “I think the country sort of told me, ‘You’re doing this well, and we will give you a little bit more time.” He also said that he plans to make the most of his time until he is called to serve the military.



[Military service] is an important duty for our country. So I feel that I will try to work as hard as I can and do the most I can until I am called.


— Jin


For BTS six younger members, Jin believes and trusts them to make their own decisions about when and how they will enlist for the military service.


I have no doubt that the other members will make a good decision because, you know, this is not something that I can tell them what to do. [If they do spend time as a six-piece,] “I’ll be sad, but I’ll be watching them on the internet and cheering them on.


— Jin


Similar to Jin, BTS V has the confidence that everything will work out for the best. He also believes that the ARMY will remain part of the BTS’s life throughout their military service and after that.


So, yes, we will want to see ARMY as we do now. I’m sure it will work out so that we can continue to see ARMY. About military service, or what will happen, we haven’t discussed it in the specifics amongst ourselves, but I’m sure it’ll work out eventually.


— V (Kim Taehyung)


With the new law in place regarding the extension, BTS Jimin is not required to serve until 2025; however, he is already looking far into BTS’s future. So, what future does he see? It’s beautiful and everlasting.


I don’t think I’ve ever really thought of being not a part of this group. I can’t imagine what I would do on my own. I think when I become older, and I grow my own beard, I would like to think that at the end, when I’m too old to dance, I would just like to sit onstage with the other members and sing and engage with the fans. I think that would be great, too. So, I’d like to keep this going as long as I possibly can.


— Jimin

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