Agency says BTS members will serve in South Korea’s military
Last Updated: Tue, Dec 17, 2018 09:48 hrs
The BTS will be serving in the military in South Korea.
The news came after the agency said BTS members will be serving in the Republic of Korea’s military while the rest of the members will be serving in the United States.
The agency also confirmed that the BTS members will be under the same rank as U.S. Marines while they will also be serving in South Korea.
It came as the agency revealed BTS has set its sights at becoming the top member of a battalion that will serve in the military in a key ally, South Korea.
During a televised briefing Monday, the agency said the members of the boy band will serve in the Republic of Korea’s military while the rest of the members will be serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
“We discussed it with the Marine Corps and they are very supportive for us,” agency spokesperson Kim So-yeon said. “The Marine Corps does not have a service for foreign nationals.”
The agency added that the BTS members will also be under the same rank as U.S. Marines in their rank but will not be permitted to wear insignia that shows the rank they have.
“We feel that it’s very disrespectful, and we are not doing that because we are not trying to make a statement about ourselves,” So-yeon said.
The agency said the South Korean government agreed to the request by the agency to provide the members with a position for which they are eligible.
The agency, which is a subsidiary of the state-run Korean Broadcasting System, said it will also make available a list of potential candidates for the position of the group’s military battalion leader to potential candidates from overseas.
The BTS is also set to perform in New Zealand in May, and it will be the first South Korean band to do so since the last time in 2010.
The agency said the members of the band will fly to the country on Tuesday, and will stay at the same hotel as the band.
Last month, the agency confirmed that the group had made a request to the Korean Armed Forces for an opportunity to become a Marine Corps-based unit.
In the report, the agency said it has started the process of