The Defense Ministry withdraws from a public vote on enlisting.


Members of the famed K-pop band BTS may be required to enrol in the military by the end of the year. The unfortunate thing is that the people may have no voice in the matter. Just a day before, it was announced that the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of National Defense is planning to hold a public opinion poll to determine whether or not the Bangtan Boys should enrol for military duty, receive an option for social service, or be excused from the same.

Change in Ministry Decision

According to the most recent sources, the ministry has backed down and chosen not to hold the public vote. They are believed to have asserted that any report stating that any public opinion poll could directly affect the ministry’s decision on the Septet’s required military duty was false. According to reports, the ministry also highlighted that it is a serious problem that would not be determined purely by popular opinion.

The reason behind the decision

The ministry’s decision on the public survey comes at a time when many individuals have reacted angrily, arguing that the government is attempting to shift responsibility to the public. All of this occurred when Assemblyman Sul Hoon requested people’s thoughts in order to examine their points of view. They emphasised the importance of public opinion in this issue. Defense Minister Lee Jong Sub has requested a swift discussion and resolution to the same issue.

BTS’ details

Members of BTS released their anthology album Proof on June 10, 2022, only a few days before the group celebrated its ninth anniversary. As soon as the album was published, it set and broke several records. Proof has also made it to the Billboard charts, as revealed on June 19, 2022. The US Billboard stated in a preview story that the K-pop group’s album has debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

For the uninitiated, this is the sixth time the BTS members have topped the Billboard 200 rankings. LOVE YOURSELF: Tear (2018), LOVE YOURSELF: Answer, MAP OF THE SOUL: PERSONA, MAP OF THE SOUL: 7, and BE have previously charted at the top of the Billboard 200.

According to the most recent updates, the album has ascended to the top of the Billboard World Album list. Proof has spent the fourth week at the top of the charts and the eleventh week in the total charts. In addition, the album debuted at number 74 on the Billboard Top 200 Album list.


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