During a parliamentary hearing held on August 31, defense minister Lee Jong-sup said he had ordered his ministry to hold a public poll on whether not BTS should be exempted from mandatory military service.
After the poll, he said a conclusion would be made considering its results and other factors, including the national interest.
On their official announcement, the ministry emphasized, "The Ministry of National Defense will not arrange a public poll on the matter, nor making decisions on the issue of BTS' military service solely based on the result of the poll."
Exemptions can be given to Olympic medalists, Asian Games gold medalists, and winners of domestic/international competitions that are recognized by the government.
Theoretically, exemptions could be granted to BTS members simply by adding other competitions to the list; including BTS' Billboard wins.
According to the public survey conducted by KBC and UPI News, 63.9% percent of male respondents in their 20s did not support the idea of granting BTS a special exemption.
BTS' management agency, HYBE, previously stated that the members will answer the call of duty when the time comes, with no specific plans of enlistment have been shared.
(Credit= Yonhap News Agency, HYBE)