The Korea Music Contents Association (KMCA) raised the issue of equity. It is against the Ministry of National Defense’s enforcement decree of the amendment to the Military Service Act, which took effect on June 23rd.
On June 24th, the KMCA said, “There are exemption cases from military service through national prestige. It includes Hyunjin Ryu, Heungmin Son, Changho Lee, and Seongjin Cho. So, it is questionable why BTS, which is affecting the world, should stop delaying enlistment.”
Last year, the National Assembly passed a bill to amend the Military Service Act. They add outstanding individuals in popular culture and arts to those who can postpone their enlistment. Since then, the Ministry of National Defense has determined the detailed qualifications. K-pop artists who are recipients of the ‘Order Of Cultural Merit will be eligible for military postponement. So, it allows BTS to defer their enlistment until the age of 30. Also, they’re recipients of the Korean government’s Order of Cultural Merit.
KMCA said, “We hope that the Ministry of National Defense and the Military Manpower Administration will stop suppressing the music industry. We hope to establish a fair military service policy. It is by revealing to the media how many singers have been exempted from military service due to the ‘Special Management System for Social Interests.'”
Previously, the association submitted a written objection to the enforcement ordinance in April. It took issue with the effectiveness of the pop culture and arts community’s qualification for military service postponement. The association argues that it is not a ‘reasonable qualification’ and is ‘nearly impossible for individuals in their 20s to receive it.’
That’s because one of the criteria for the medal is that a person must be active in pop culture and art for at least 15 years.
Also, they expressed their position on:
▲Controversies over the equality of military service postponement standards in other industries.
▲Particularly the standards for military service postponement in venture industries.
▲Controversy over the equality of military service exemption benefits in the fine arts and sports fields.
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