The Head of MMA wants to change the law on exemption from compulsory service because of BTS, Internet users are mixed K-Sélection
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The Head of MMA wants to change the law on exemption from compulsory service because of BTS, Internet users are mixed

According to MMA Chief Lee Ki-sik, the BTS members, who are performing their mandatory service, are sending a “positive signal” to the men to encourage them to faithfully fulfill their duty. This is a motivation to abolish exemptions granted to certain high-level athletes and classical musicians.

“In the eyes of public opinion and in terms of fairness, the fact that BTS members are serving under the flag and doing well is extremely positive,” he told the MMA office in the west of Seoul. He noted the enthusiastic public reaction to recent photos of V sporting a set of gear after agreeing to serve in a special missions unit late last year.

The Head of MMA wants to change the law on exemption from compulsory service because of BTS, Internet users are mixed K-Sélection

“Such images send a very positive signal to the people,” he stressed. “This marks a contrast with those who escaped conscription.” His comments came as South Korea plans to overhaul the entire exemption system, widely seen as reserved for top athletes and classical musicians.

The chief said an inter-ministerial working group would be launched later this month to review the entire system which also includes alternative services for doctors and other technical experts and to develop measures to improve it before the end of the year. In the country, a big debate was recently launched over this system allowing elite athletes and musicians to follow just a basic three-week training program as a favor if they win an Olympic medal, a gold at the Games Asians or a first prize in a prestigious classical music competition.

The Head of MMA wants to change the law on exemption from compulsory service because of BTS, Internet users are mixed K-Sélection

The system was established in 1973 with the aim of promoting national status, but South Korea's emergence as an economic and cultural power in recent decades has increasingly raised questions about its fairness, as example, to find out if BTS, the first South Korean group to top the Billboard 200, deserves to benefit from it. “Compared to the time when it was introduced, there have been a lot of changes in terms of environment, public perception and human resources,” he noted.

Lee felt that various options could be discussed regarding benefits given to athletes and classical musicians. “It could disappear or change in a way that allows their specialty not to be buried,” he said. “There could be many measures […] and the condition for what would be optimal is fairness in compulsory service and in the eyes of public opinion.”

This BTS song topped the charts in several countries including France after the group enlisted

“The system was created when winning a gold medal in the Olympics and Asian Games was considered an enhancement of national prestige,” he recalled. “Is this still necessary?” Lee's words caught the attention of netizens who shared mixed opinions, they wrote:

  • What does this have to do with BTS? Did BTS save the country? ㅜㅜㅜㅜ BTS Only Enlisted Because They Had to
  • I guess they can't say anything without mentioning BTS
  • Honestly, winning awards and medals is their honor, but why should they be exempt?
  • Comparing yourself to idols is so funny. What is BTS?
  • The MMA cannot talk about compulsory service without BTS. They mentioned BTS before enlisting, and they mentioned BTS after enlisting. Do they mention BTS even after their release.
  • What does BTS' enlistment have to do with it?
  • I don't know what BTS enlisting has to do with it...
  • When will they stop grabbing BTS' jacket? I guess they will continue to do this even after BTS is done serving.
  • Why is BTS included????
  • What does BTS have to do with it?
  • I'm sorry for BTS

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Meallalone

I'm going to say what I think, let them go a little, let them do their services in peace, so that they come back to us in good shape and health, have a good day everyone

Oc.army

Always BTS in their stories, BTS did their military service because they wanted to but if we look, neither classical music players nor athletes have greatly helped to make South Korea known and in itself why debate on the exemption by speaking on BTS when at the time they said no. We should choose and stop putting BTS everywhere, they already have enough with Hybe against Ador they don't need more so thank you but it would be nice to think before talking about BTS for anything and everything.

Laidet Marie-Christine

Personally, I believe that it is hypocritical to say that only medalists have the right to exemption from military service when we know full well how much the BTS bring notoriety and wealth to South Korea. Now it's done, it's done but I find it very unfair whereas Seventeen is for a damaged knee. Why wasn't Suga, who has a big shoulder problem, too? I don't think it's fair.

I loved

Given that they are in a democracy, it is up to the Koreans to choose but personally I would have screamed... It is still a huge detriment to their career, imagine that the athletes miss the Olympic games because of military service or something else, for BTS was different because there aren't such important festivals for music (well there are the Grammys, Coachella etc but it's annual).
But it's their country so I'm not going to tell them what to do

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