On 25th June, independent lawmaker Yoon Sang-hyun said that he proposed a revision to the Military Service Act. This suggested amendment to Military Service Law is for K-pop megastars who contributed to enhancing national prestige and creating culture. He recommended that pop culture artists can serve as art and sports agents instead of serving in the military.
According to Congressman Yoon’s office, the military law for those who have made contributions to sports and the arts was first introduced in 1973.
The law allows people with special talents in the arts, sports such as first prize winners in domestic and foreign art competitions, national intangible cultural heritage finishers, Olympic or ASIAD first prize winners are eligible for exemption or postponement of military service.
The current law does not include pop art in the arts and sports fields, so pop culture artists who have contributed to promoting culture such as BTS have not been included as art and sports agents.
The revision proposed by Congressman Yoon includes pop culture artists in the inclusion rule, and Independent Lawmaker Yoon said, “We want to secure equity in the operation of the system.”
“The exclusion of pop culture artists from the arts and sports sectors, who promote national prestige by creating the ḳöŕệän Wave boom around the world with their superior competitiveness, undermines the fairness of the system,” Mr. Yoon said. “By supplementing this, military service-level support should be provided for the continued development of ḳöŕệän pop culture.“