The current alternative military service system, which does not allow popular entertainers such as BTS to have the benefit of alternative service for sports and arts, will be maintained.
The Ministry of Defense has deliberated and confirmed on the plan to improve the alternative military service at the 94th National Conference on Inspection and Coordination of Current Affairs which is supervised by Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon at the Sejong Government Complex and decided to maintain the current sports and arts personnel system.
For the system which is controversial regarding the fairness between people in fine arts and sports and popular celebrities, the system improvement task force, which consists of the Ministry of Defense, the Military Manpower Administration and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, determined that the number of people, who is applied to the current system, is about 45 per year and their contribution to the national morale and dignity should be considered in the different way.
Also, in response to demands for pop culture artists in the current arts substitute service personnel, they explained, “there are objective standards such as competitions in the traditional music field while there are no moderate standard in the popular music field.
Furthermore, there are concerns because the similar cases of popular entertainers in the different fields, such as the movie field, would happen in similar situations.”