BTS Hiatus due to mandatory military service?

A surprise decision by South Korean boy band BTS to take a break from live shows has rekindled debate about mandatory military service in South Korea. Military service is hugely contentious in South Korea where all able-bodied men aged between 18 and 28 are meant to serve for about two years.

Under a 2019 revision of the law, globally recognized K-pop stars were allowed to put off their service until the age of 30. Parliament is now debating a new amendment that would allow K-pop stars to do just three weeks of military training.


During a conversation with Reuters lawmaker Sang-Hyun, he claimed that BTS’ main reason for the hiatus was ‘waiting for parliament to decide has been hugely stressful’ for them.

He said, “The members cited exhaustion and the need for rest as the main reason but the real reason was: Jin‘s military service.”

While that clouds what BTS's next steps might be, the K-pop stars have already lined up their individual projects. With Jungkook leading the way, the Korean star released a single with Charlie Puth, whereas J-Hope has released More from his album Jack in the Box.


The Army Worldwide is praying that all the members of BTS would get some leniency in the training. Would you love it if the Korean lawmakers show some leniency to K-pop members’ military service rules?