BTS’ Jin to EXO’s Chanyeol: 5 Kpop idols born in 1992 that can now delay their military enlistment

Under the new Military Service Act, prominent Hallyu stars can now defer their military enlistment until they are 30 years old.
BTS’ Jin to EXO’s Chanyeol: 5 Kpop idols born in 1992 that can now delay their military enlistment
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The South Korean government has officially passed a bill which effectively allows the biggest Hallyu stars to defer their military enlistment until the age of 30 years old. Previously, all able-bodied men aged between 18 to 28 regardless of their status, job or position had to serve in the military for 20 months approximately. The kind of military service, whether on active duty or public service, is determined after a training period and/or after consideration of an individual’s physical condition.

Under the revised Military Service Act, "a pop culture artist who was recommended by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism to have greatly enhanced the image of Korea both within the nation and throughout the world" is allowed to postpone their mandatory military service until the age of 30. This special deferral was previously allowed only for high-profile athletes and classical musicians. Such a drastic change came right before Jin’s 28th birthday, making ARMYs all over the world, glad for the extra time.

Here are 5 male K-Pop idols who can now defer their enlistment:

BTS Jin

EXO Baekhyun

MONSTA X Shownu

EXO Chanyeol

INFINITE’s L

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What do you think about this new law? Share your thoughts with Pinkvilla in the comments section below!

Anonymous 2 months ago

i hate the military enlistment law. not just because i miss idols, but imagine having to put your life on hold for TWENTY MONTHS to do a job that you have zero desire to do. i feel so sorry for every korean amab who has struggled with enlistment. while i'm happy monsta x wont have to deal with enlistment for another 2 years, how is this fair on every other korean amab that exists? (amab = assigned male at birth)

Anonymous 3 months ago

Will infinite L be included?

Anonymous 3 months ago

I am so happy we have 2 more years to be jin

Anonymous 3 months ago

In my opinion, the government should not say who is worthy or unworthy of having their military service postponed. The army must remain neutral, there must be no favoritism, except for military success. Imagine other idols or Koreans who are in the middle of an important stage in their lives (release of an album, a pregnant wife, a sick relative, a rise in rank in the workplace,...) and they have to stop everything, at the risk of everything falling apart during their absence, to do their military service, while "worthy" idols continue their careers. The Law should be applied for everyone, otherwise it will create too much tension among Koreans.

Anonymous 3 months ago

There are perks to being a celebrity and the Korean government has decided deferment should be one. That said, for every man who has to defer his dream, be away from and worry about his loved while serving it doesn’t seem fair. This is the military not a weekend excursion. It says a lot about who is viewed as valuable and who is viewed as expendable. Global impact? The music world is not the World. They’re undeniably talented and deserve all the accolades. What they don’t deserve is to be treated any better than other men who are mandated to be prepared to fight and possibly die.

Anonymous 3 months ago

All those who find such a law normal are foreign teenagers who don't know that all Koreans doing or about to do their military service would want this law to apply to everyone. Imagine your father, brother, friend or even you if you are a man, going away for several years to undergo hard training while "worthy" idols can continue to have fun with their friends, see their families, continue to work and earn money... There is enough inequality in the world, no need to add more to the army.

Anonymous 3 months ago

You might as well throw that logic around to all the other exemptions that currently exist. The sports world isn't the World either, but gold-medal athletes have been able to be exempted for years before this. And classical/traditional musicians also are able to exempt if they win a first place national/international award. The government decided that the national prestige that these groups bring is worth not having a handful of soldiers in the forces for. It's not like they get it for free either. You sort of make it sound like you think anyone in the same field can reach the same level of achievement these people have but only a handful have ever done so and all of them have worked hard for it. None of these achievements were just handed to them.

Anonymous 3 months ago

If, as you say, people are alive thanks to BTS, then all Koreans working in life essential jobs should be concerned by this law, such as doctors, food producers, firemen, first aiders, policemen, ... In fact all jobs save lives, right ?

Anonymous 3 months ago

they obviously didn't ask for an exemption, and you're missing the point. Music has affected millions of lives and their music is spectacular, but stating that a handful of people can delay their enlistment is not fine. Although they are world-famous, they still are citizens of South Korea and some rules just can't be broken. I am an exol but I still feel like its wrong because it is. Its like saying others clearly don't matter which is false as even some non famous idols have helped someone feel better and affected them and they too have fans waiting for them to come back/delay enlistment. Popularity should be no reason to not follow certain rules.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Joooo, they do have a global, economical and societal impact. And if athletes get deferment then BTS def deserves it because they do bring national prestige. They amount off work they do is more than your average citizen and everything that is a blessing in their life was earned. They have a massive comical and societal and cultural impact, brining in billions tor the South Korean government. Whoever feels salty should look at themselves and decide if they bring in as much value. No offence but your argument is utterly flawed.

Anonymous 3 months ago

I mean, it is not like BTS members or Big Hit asked for the law to be passed. They have openly said when time comes for enlistment, they will join. They did not ask for special treatment, it was given to them. Their global impact is huge which forced the authorities to re-consider the current practice. I know at least 10 people personally who are alive in this world because of their music and I know for a fact that there are 1000000s of them all around the globe. So no, they are not just a musical phenomenon but have affected the lives of many, including mine, outside of music as well.

Anonymous 3 months ago

BTS have a global impact so I think that the law should only go for them.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Just cause your only a bts fan, does not mean that other groups aren’t popular. Baekhyun is the first solo artist in 19 years to sell over a million albums. Obviously he has a big community and is good for the economy too

Anonymous 3 months ago

Not only Bts but Exo is also well known for your king information.

Anonymous 3 months ago

I think that let the Korean government take care of the matter. As common people we can just give our opinions.

Anonymous 3 months ago

only bts is allowed to exempt from their military services!! why the heck are the other idols in this list?? did anyone see the news, the law is called the 'BTS Law'

Anonymous 3 months ago

Are you sure? Is it just bangtan who brought kpop all over the world? there are other idols who did that too and they also deserve this privilege!. It does not mean that you are a fan of that group, you will only think of their achievement, look at the other idols too who have contributed to their country, kindly think rationally! BTS IS NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO BROUGHT OR PROMOTED K-MUSIC OR ETC. THEY ARE NOT THE ONLY GROUP WHO HAVE A GREAT CONTRIBUTION TO THEIR COUNTRY THERE ARE OTHER IDOLS TOO.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Inform yourself properly. The world and Kpop don’t just focus on bts

Anonymous 3 months ago

I think it is only for bts for the time being but respect the other artists :)

Anonymous 3 months ago

Here's another proof that most fans are babies with a smartphone.

Anonymous 3 months ago

If you are a fan of some grp also try to respect other idols.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Huh? All these got the cultural merit medal from the president?

Anonymous 3 months ago

chanyeol is really the best. his ost for goblin is still the most streamed ost of all time. that is HUGE. he brings in a lot of fans for k-drama with just 'stay with me'. however, im not really sure when he will enlist. he has his first korean movie, 'the box' and the most anticipated solo debut next year— so he may or may not delay his enlistment.

Anonymous 3 months ago

honestly this can cause a lot of controversy , not only because people think its unfair but because some famous kpop idols have already went to the military but i'm happy for jin and it was a good birthday present

Anonymous 3 months ago

I think that's a silly argument tho (to those who make it but these people tend to be silly in general). Bc it's like saying no one should change their laws bc famous people from the past had to be burdened under it. No laws would ever be changed with that sort of mindset and people shouldn't have to bear the same things previous generations did. No progress would be made like that.

Anonymous 3 months ago

I thought part of the criteria was to achieve a government award, which was argued as a way that someone in a kpop category could be evaluated "fairly" for this law (was told by Korean news media and Korean commenters--don't quote me). I remember discussion on the whole evaluation aspect being a big argument against this and that only a recommendation was too bias/arbitrary. And I believe the only kpop artists to have a government award and are still within the conscription limits are only BTS (the Order of Cultural Merit) and EXO (Prime Minister's Award--again, don't quote me, bc I'm not sure about other idols who are also within the age limit--not talking about those like PSY, who is over the age limit and has a Order of Cultural Merit as well, or ggs). Just am getting confused about the details, so feel free to offer any corrections (but also source pls thnx).

Anonymous 3 months ago

Korea said they will let idols who have the same impact as bts to delay their enlistment not all idols. Stop spreading misinfo. For now no one has as much impact as BTS and if they did Government would've passed this law earlier

Anonymous 3 months ago

because bts arent the only group with awards? bts are humble, kind kings. be like them

Anonymous 3 months ago

Exo got an award from the government as well. Inform yourself properly before commenting

Anonymous 3 months ago

Sry but no. The law state the idols who recieved the cultural medal from goverment and its only bts. I dont really know why they wrote a baseless article

Anonymous 3 months ago

I agree with you, but since the south Korean government wouldn't want to show like it has a special preference for bts, I think exo's baekhyun and chanyeol have a chance too

Anonymous 3 months ago

exactly!