"Exemption is not in line with the government’s stance to uphold justice and fairness"

Reuters reports that Kpop boy band BTS will not be given conscription exemption and must do military service.

Since 1957, South Korean law requires male citizens aged between 18 and 35 must perform mandatory military service.

The decision to not give BTS conscription exemption sparks a discussion about whether celebrities should have to do their military service whilst at the peak of their careers.

South Korea is still technically at war with North Korea, which leaves many to back the decision.

“Exempting pop culture artists from military service even though they have made a contribution to the country’s reputation is not in line with the government’s stance to uphold justice and fairness,” the ministry said in announcing its decision on Thursday.

Last year, Premier League footballer Son Heung-min was exempted from conscription after he participated in the victory of South Korea’s national team at the Asian Games.

Classical musicians who receive certain awards at international competitions are also eligible to skip conscription.

Fewer 45 people are exempt from military service each year.

In other BTS news, ex-Beatles’ legend Paul McCartney recently reacted to the Kpop boys’ rendition of Hey Jude.

Elsewhere in the Kpop world, former Kara singer Goo Hara was found dead at her home at the age of 28.