According to JYP Entertainment, the agency, Young K will enter the duty of national defense as a Korean Augmentation to the United States Army (KATUSA) on October 12. It is the first time for an idol singer to join the military KATUSA. This is the second enlistment in the team since Sungjin, the leader who joined the army on March 8. He quietly enters the Army Training Center without an official event.
Young K receives basic military training for five weeks at the Army Training Center. After that, he will be deployed to the KATUSA team to continue his active service.
Born in 1993, Young K applied to KATUSA last year and received a notification of acceptance. KATUSA is a South Korean Army agent (a member of the South Korean Army Support Group) who has been augmented in the U.S. 8th Army and performs missions related to the ROK-U.S. coalition. One of the English proficiency qualifications must be met, including 780 TOEIC points or higher, 380 TEPS points or higher, 561 TOEFL PBT points or higher, 83 TOEFL IBT points or higher, and 140 TOEIC Speaking points or higher.
Young K has received 970 out of 990 TOEIC, 116 out of 120 TOEFL, and a perfect TOEIC Speaking score (Level 8 on TOEIC Speaking). Born in Seoul and with Korean nationality, Young K left for Canada when he was in middle school and studied abroad for about four years, returned to Korea, and graduated from Cheongdam High School. He developed his English skills fluently based on studying abroad and steady English study.
Young K debuted in the music industry as a vocalist and bass of DAY6 in September 2015. Over the past six years, I've been making hits and listening to "Congratulations," "Letting Go," "You Were Beautiful," "I Loved You," "I Like You," "Sweet Chaos," "Zombie," and "You Make Me" with the members.
In addition, he made his debut as a unit DAY6 (Even of Day) in August last year and as a solo singer in September this year, and was recognized for his wide musical spectrum. Since his debut album "The Day," he has been so diligent that he has consistently released 146 self-composed songs (based on the registration of the Korea Music Copyright Association) that he has been in charge of writing and composing title songs and songs. In particular, ahead of his enlistment this year, he released his 7th mini-album "The Book of Us: Negentropy - Chaos Swallowed Up in Love" in April, and his 2nd mini-album "Right Through Me" in April.
In August 2018, he graduated from Dongguk University's Department of Business Administration. Young K, who joined JYP Entertainment as a trainee in 2010 after a global audition in Canada, entered Dongguk University in 2012 and worked as a singer at the same time. Among fans, it was called the so-called "Day Business Management Night Band" (business administration during the day and band activities at night).
In addition, Young K was selected as the ninth DJ of KBS CoolFM's "DAY6's Kiss the Radio" on November 23 last year and also played an active role as a "Young DJ." Two days before joining the military, he showed his love for fans by broadcasting live radio broadcasts.
Young K, who filled the first act of his singer career, said at a press conference to commemorate his solo debut, "I imagine returning to good music and good performance and playing on stage with My Day (referring to Day6 fans). "It would be nice if I could make precious memories with My Day and continue to think about music as I do now," he said.
In the last broadcast before getting off the radio, he said, "I got a lot of energy watching My Day's various and warm messages. I'm always grateful. I've always been encouraged by you," he said adding, "I'm very strong. I think I have a very strong body. I can stay healthy. "I hope you stay healthy and happy," he said.
The scheduled discharge date is April 11, 2023.