2 weeks Public consensus needed before exempting BTS from mandatory military service—S. Korean Army chief Inquirer
SEOUL --- Defense Minister nominee Suh Wook said Monday that the ministry should consult with the public before deciding whether to grant the members of K-pop group BTS exemptions from mandatory military service. "The service should be carried out by all able-bodied men in an equitable manner," the sitting Army chief said in a written opinion submitted to the parliamentary defense committee set to open a hearing Wednesday on his credentials as defense chief. All able-bodied men must serve on active duty for about two years, but exemptions are occasionally granted to individuals with outstanding accomplishments behind them -- such ... more