For months, BTS fans, politicians, the media, and the general public have been discussing the group’s military service.
Under the current law, Olympians, gold medalist athletes, and award-winning classical musicians are all eligible for exemptions because of their outstanding cultural contributions. K-Pop idols, on the other hand, are ineligible. Even so, many people wondered if BTS’s work as cultural ambassadors might make them the exception to this rule.
On October 9, the Military Manpower Administration (MMA) announced their decision on the matter; BTS will not be given an exemption, but the members can possibly defer their enlistment until a later date.
How are ARMYs reacting to the news? They are showing their support on social media, stating that they will stand by BTS like they always have.
bts will not be exempted for the military enlistment i mean that’s what they’ve wanted since day one.. and i’m here to support them all the way.
— ρ𝘳ꪖꪀ⁷ #BE (@beemyhope_) October 9, 2020
it's now confirmed, BTS will not be exempted in Military Enlistment. it's good too, i mean BTS themselves don't want any exemption from the start. it will take a long time but i'll still be here. i will wait and i'll support them until the end.
will you do the same thing too??
— ᴮᴱ pearl⁷ (@jiniemonie_) October 9, 2020
As a new Army member I geniuely like to speak on behalf of all ARMY FOR BTS. When or if you guys enlist for the military we as all Loyal members will continue to wait for you support you all the way. Stay happy healthy strong BEAUTIFUL in all ways. We love you BTS.💜💜
— Patty Wise (@PattyWise19) October 8, 2020
That said, many fans are trying to mentally prepare themselves for what that day comes. ARMY has been with BTS for seven years, and they aren’t quite ready to send them off yet.
Okay but wtf will I do with my life if BTS enlist in the military ??…
— 𝓙𝓾𝓵𝓲𝓪 ⁷ (@JeonFlirtz) October 9, 2020
they now confirmed, BTS will not be exempted in Military Enlistment. it's good for them, because BTS themselves don't want any exemption. but still, I can't deny how scary and painful it will be for me when the time comes. I'm still new to this, BTS is the only group I stan😶😶😶
— ᴮᴱbelle⁷🌷(📚) (@heyimjeons) October 9, 2020
It may be hard to accept that jin is going to join the Military Enlistment a year from now, Imagine getting content of BTS without Jin. 😭
That's why Jin was the last one to upload his selca and with the sign of one it means that he only have 1 year pic.twitter.com/MMZFegyyOp
— coleen⁷✮ (@clnhyung) October 9, 2020
Y'all i just saw the news that bts is not exempted in military enlistment. They also said maybe next year or the next year Jin will be serving military. Y'all im not ready yet! Imagine you're in their concert without jin? Im fvcking hurt#SEOKJIN pic.twitter.com/4rTLSgQlYG
— AugustMin (@AugustMin17) October 9, 2020
While BTS’s members are taking a rest from K-Pop life, ARMY still has a job to do. Fans are planning to work as hard as ever to stream, boost sales, and support their boys until they’re all back together again.
We will support and chart their entire history 💜 bts will be #1 even if they are serving in military ✌️
— Tia⁷ BE readyyyyy (@1bbhot100) October 9, 2020
no but kpoppies is more excited about bts enlisting than their own favs falling of the charts and it shows, they think armys will stop streaming? we gonna randomly chart their songs because we miss them, they will be gone for years but theyre still on the top. NOTHING WILL CHANGE
— ᴮᴱelle⁷ jjk (@vvanntaee) October 9, 2020