Speed Reading — Military Service - Level 2 — 300 wpm

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The world's most popular boy band will soon be in the army. The South Korean pop group BTS are taking a break from music to do two years of military service. South Korea is one of the few countries to require men to do this. All able-bodied men aged between 18 and 28 must serve about two years. This is because technically, South Korea is still at war with North Korea. The two nations didn't sign a peace treaty after the Korean War ended in 1953. A BTS spokesperson said the seven band members wanted to do their duty, and "are honoured to serve".

Many people in Korea do not want BTS to do military service. Many Koreans think the band is a national treasure. In 2020, Korea's government said BTS could delay their military service until they are 30 years old. The oldest member is currently 29. BTS have brought a lot of global attention to Korea. They have also received praise for speaking about mental health issues. South Korea's defence minister said it could be possible for BTS to get together in the army. He said: "There could be a way to give them a chance to practice and perform together."

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