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Ok Taecyeon finishes military duty


Ok Taecyeon, a member of K-pop boy band 2PM, completed his 20 months of military service on Thursday, setting himself up for a return to show business.

“I still can’t believe [I was discharged] after waking up to a morning bugle today. Maybe I [will believe it when] I wake up to an alarm instead of a morning bugle tomorrow morning,” the 31-year-old told reporters and fans at the 9th Infantry Division in Goyang, Gyeonggi.

He served as a training coach, earning the nickname “Captain Korea” among his fans for the high performance and exemplary character he showed during the service.

“I have heard many times that I have a knack for military service, but I want to grow out of it now,” he noted.

Hwang Chan-sung, another 2PM member, came to the base to welcome back his fellow group member, while some 500 fans gathered together to celebrate Ok’s return.

“Thank you so much for waiting for me,” Ok said to cheering fans. “I will work hard to come back with good [performances] as soon as possible.”

Ok gave up his permanent resident status in the United States to fulfill the national defense service young Korean men are required to complete.

In April, he won official commendation as an exemplary soldier.

Ok will start to consider scripts for TV series to return his entertainment career. His new management agency, 51k, said, “[We will] do our best to help Ok Taecyeon continue his active career as a member of 2PM and an actor in Korea, Asia, as well as across the world.”

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