Rapper Swings has announced that he will be enlisting in the South Korean military on November 25th.
Swings has been garnering much attention, since it was revealed that he had applied for KATUSA, the Korean Augmentation to the United States Army, despite his exemption from the 2-year mandatory military service.
On November 13th, Swings made a sudden announcement on his Facebook that unfortunately, he failed to enter KATUSA, but instead will serve his country proudly as a regular active-duty soldier starting on November 25th.
He expressed his gratitude towards his fans, his pride for accomplishing many goals as a rapper in the last seven years, and his worries for being unable to help his family and friends for the next two years. He reassures his fans, “I will return after serving my country so please don’t forget me. I thank and love you all.”
Swings has revealed several plans before his enlistment, including the release of his digital single “I’ll Be Back” on November 21st, and a final concert at Yes24 MUV Hall in Seoul on November 23rd. On the date of his enlistment, he will publish his first book titled Power.
Swings is currently recording for an upcoming Just Music compilation album Linchpins, which will be released sometime during his military service. His last feature will likely be in Maboos‘s solo album Self-Hypnosis, which is out on November 14th.
Fans and netizens have been showing overwhelming support, expressing both sadness and pride towards his decision to enlist despite his exemption and wishing him well for his upcoming military duties.
Swings will begin his 2-year military service on November 25th at the Kyeongki-do Euijungbu Reserve #306, which happens to be the same date and reserve that Super Junior‘s Shindong has confirmed to have enlisted in.