With the new song'Dynamite', BTS took the first place in the US Billboard single chart'Hot 100' with the new song'Dynamite', and the problem of their enlistment in the military rose to the surface again.
On the 3rd, a member of the Democratic Party, along with Jeon Jeon-gi, proposed a partial amendment to the Military Service Act, which opens the way to postponing military service even for pop culture artists who have promoted national prestige like BTS.
The bill contains the content that enables conscription and postponement of convocation at the same level as existing university students for those who have recognized that the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism has contributed significantly to enhancing the national status and dignity of Korea as an excellence in the field of popular culture and arts. .
Congressman Jeon drew a line saying, "Not only for popular culture, but also for new occupations such as those in their twenties, the option to postpone enlistment should be given," he said. "Deferring military service is a completely different matter from exemptions or special cases." . He said, "In addition to the pop culture artists being proposed this time, we are discussing with the government to postpone entry through further discussions on occupations such as e-sports."
The current law guarantees postponement of enlistment for college students or graduates. The physical education sector provides benefits for postponing enlistment if certain results are achieved domestically and internationally. Special cases for military service are limited to those who have won first to third place in domestic and international art contests, Olympics, and Asian Games determined by the Military Manpower Administration through Article 68-11 of the Enforcement Decree. However, in the case of the popular culture and arts field, the standard is ambiguous and the reality is that it cannot fall within the boundaries of the current law.
Independent Assemblyman Yoon Sang-hyun also raised a question on his personal SNS on the 3rd, saying,'Is it that BTS's contribution to national prestige is less than that of the 4th Olympic soccer game?' . The current military service special system was established 50 years ago. He pointed out that the change in the perspective of classifying art after half a century is close to the world, and the contribution of popular culture artists to the country is unimaginable in the past.'
He praised that'BTS has already created more diplomatic and economic effects than a thousand diplomats, and has become synonymous with Soft Power, representing Korea's cultural diplomacy.'
[News Inside Reporter Kang Haru email@example.com]
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