Complete Information About Do Kyung-soo’s Military Enlistment
Do Kyung-soo (도경수) is better known by his stage name, D.O. He was born on January 12, 1993, and is as a member of the popular South Korean boy-group, EXO. D.O is one of the main vocalists of the group. Besides being a wildly popular idol, he also went into acting and has become one of the best idol/actors.
HHe tends to be a quieter person than most of the members of his group, but when he started to sings, he melts EXO-L’s hearts. He has a manly, clean voice, and it’s no wonder he became a main vocalist along with Baekhyun and Chen. He also showed his talent through the dramas and films he’s played in. His latest drama is 100 Days My Prince and his latest film is Swing Kids. His ability to act can’t be doubted, since he was awarded lead roles in both projects
This year he is 26 years old, according to international age determination. Surprisingly, at the height of his career, he stated he would take up military service this year, surprising many, who assumed he would enlist in 2021. So, are you curious about the circumstances? Just Keep reading and you will know all about it.
EXO’s D.O Enlists in the Military
On May 30, 2019, rumors circulated that D.O. was going to begin his military service on July 1, 2017, following the eldest member, Xiumin, who joined on May 7, 2019. This rumor was justified by SM, as the agency that houses him. SM Entertainment said “D.O. received his enlistment notice for July 1, so he will dutifully enlist as active duty. After Xiumin enlisted on May 7 and became the first EXO member to serve, D.O. expressed that he wishes to fulfill his military duties as soon as possible. So after a thorough discussion with the members and the company, he decided to apply. He wishes to enlist quietly, so we will not be announcing the time and location of his enlistment. We will also not be holding any events either.”
SM said there would be no special events on the day D.O entered the army and this decision was made after D.O held a discussion with other EXO agencies and members.
But many EXO-L shocked and disappointed, because on the same day SM Entertainment announced EXO would hold an ‘EXOPLANET # 5 – EXplOration’ solo concert for six days in July. The concert’s kick-off will begin from July 19 to 21 and continue on July 26-28 at KSPO DOME, Seoul, South Korea. Many fans are disappointed because the concert will be held without complete membership.
Regarding his departure for the military in July, D.O wrote a letter to the EXO-L on its official fan club, as written below:
“Hello, this is EXO’s DO
EXO-Ls, the sudden news must have been surprising for everyone, right? I wanted to first share the news (with you), so I have a heavy heart because I feel like it’s a little late. I’m posting this letter because I wanted to let you know that as much as this decision was made after lots of consideration, I will return healthily and safely.
I sincerely thank EXO-Ls, who is always supportive, and I hope that everyone will always be healthy and have days that are filled with things that make you laugh. I will carefully serve and return to greet you all with a healthy image.
On July 1, 2019, before D.O went to the training camp, all the EXO members took time to deliver him and take some last photos together.
EXO-L were surprised by Lay’s appearance in the photos, since everyone knows he’s busy preparing for his solo concert in China.
Park Chanyeol and Oh Sehun also uploaded some photos on their accounts.
And also the leader, SUHO.
As he joined the military on July 1, 2019, some sources said he will be discharged in January, 2021.
Here some comments from EXO-L after they heard D.O had enlisted: