Military service exemptions for BTS become political football

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Should the members of BTS be exempted from mandatory military service? There's no clear answer. What's clear is that, if nothing changes, Jin, 29, its oldest member, must enlist before his upcoming birthday on Dec. 4. Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup, in his latest ambivalent response to the issue, said during Wednesday's meeting at the National Assembly that he has told his officials to conduct a survey. After the survey is completed, he said a conclusion would be drawn considering its results and other factors, including the national interest. Yet the decision is not his to make, given its political sensitivity.


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