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Buzz cuts for BTS? Military service debate builds in South Korea

Fans ask whether it is best to let the band be

The members of K-pop superband BTS visit the "Today" show in New York in February 2020.    © Getty Images

BTS are the biggest boy band in the world but are boys no more. The older members of this K-pop sensation are approaching the age when they have to start South Korea's military service, mandatory for able-bodied males.

In the past, plenty of stars have said goodbye to fans outside military bases and then turned to walk through the gates for 21 to 24 months, but the seven BTS "boys" are different.

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