2AM’s Jo Kwon Announces His Return With Letter And Photos After Military Discharge
2AM’s Jo Kwon is back from the military!
The singer officially made his return on March 24 after completing his mandatory military service, and he posted on Instagram shortly after midnight with a letter and photos from his time in the military.
Jo Kwon opened off his letter with the dates of his enlistment and discharge (August 6, 2018 and March 24, 2020), a rainbow emoji, and a formal announcement of his discharge from his position as a sergeant in the military band.
“I enlisted the year before last in the sweltering heat, and now my military discharge day has finally come, on the 597th day (1 year, 7 months, 18 days) that seemed like it would never arrive,” wrote Jo Kwon. “I sincerely thank you for waiting for me.”
“It wasn’t always easy, and it was also eventful,” he continued. “However, I sincerely want to thank the great people who gave me such strength during my time in the military, including the officers, members of the military band, the military musical officers, and my family, friends, and beloved fans. It’s thanks to you that I was able to be discharged from the military in good health. There were many moments that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life, and there were important times that connect my past, present, and future. Since I rendered my devoted service to the Republic of Korea and did my best at performing all of the tasks I was given, I now think that I also have a lot of happy memories.”
“I’m now reservist Jo Kwon,” he wrote. “I’m going to return to my regular job of being Jo Kwon the singer. Please look forward to the rainbow-colored various appearances that I’m planning and show support! Thank you. Salute!!!”
He added in parentheses, “This isn’t a dream, right.. I won’t open my eyes to find I’m back at the training center.” Jo Kwon ended his post by explaining that due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), he had left for his ETS leave and then been discharged on March 24. It is the current military protocol that soldiers set to be discharged do not return to their base following ETS leave. He also wrote that Hongcheon in Gangwon province, where he was carrying out his service, does not have any confirmed COVID-19 cases. “I hope that COVID-19 quickly comes to an end,” he wrote, and added the hashtag #KEEPGOING.
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2018.08.06 – 2020.03.24 ? 화랑 ! 신고합니다! 군악대 병장 조권은 2020년3월24일 부로 전역을 명 받았습니다.이에 신고 합니다! 제작년 무더위에 입대하여, 597일(1년7개월18일)오지 않을 것만 같던 전역의 날을 드디어 맞이하게 되었습니다.저를 기다려 주셔서 진심으로 감사드립니다.결코 쉽지만은 않았고,다사다난 하기도 했습니다.그러나 저의 군 생활에 있어 큰 힘이 되어 주신 너무나 좋은 간부님들,군악대원들,군뮤지컬파견장병들 그리고 가족,친구 사랑하는 팬분들 진심으로 감사드립니다.덕분에 건강하게 전역 할 수 있게 되었습니다.살면서 평생 잊지못할 순간 순간 들이 굉장히 많았고,과거와 현재 그리고 미래를 연결해 주는 중요한 시간들과, 대한민국을 위해 충성을 다하고 제가 맡은 임무를 끝까지 최선을 다해 수행하여 지나고 보니 행복했던 추억도 많이 남았습니다.이제는 예비역 조권 이되었습니다.본업인 가수 조권으로 돌아가 제가 가고자하는 무지개빛 다양한 모습을 기대 많이 해주시고 응원해 주십시오.! 감사합니다. 화 랑!!! (꿈은 아니겠지..눈떴는데 다시 훈련소는 아닐거야 ?????*코로나19로 인하여 전역전휴가로 출타하여 24일 전역 하였습니다.강원도 홍천은 청정지역 입니다.코로나19가 하루빨리 종식 되길 기도하겠습니다.) #KEEPGOING
He went on to share a clever cake he’d received to celebrate his discharge, which is a play on messages in the subway. It reads, “This station is Jun Yeok station,” as “Jun Yeok” (전역) in Korean means “military discharge.” It shows what looks like a subway station wall with the previous station being “enlistment” and the next station being “society.”
Jo Kwon also shared some of his performance clips with the captions, “Let’s review!” and “I’m Back.”
Welcome back, Jo Kwon!