Welcome back, Ok Taecyeon! 2PM’s lead rapper is finally being discharged from military service on May 16, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Taecyeon went through a lot to serve as an active-duty soldier. Not only did he give up his permanent residence in the United States, but he also had two separate surgeries on his back to be declared fit enough. We Hottest would be happy just to see him come back healthy, but in typical Taec fashion, he went one better. Throughout his service, Taecyeon impressed his fellow soldiers, civilians, and fans alike with his outstanding conduct and all-around adorableness. Here are just a few moments when we all fell even deeper in love with our Okcat.

1. When he got all the accolades for his hard work

From the very beginning, Taecyeon excelled in the army. Once he had completed his basic training, he was promoted to a post as a military instruction assistant at the 9th Armed Forces Division in Gyeonggi Province. According to reports, this was all down to his excellent attitude and performance.

But of course, that’s not all. Earlier this year, Taecyeon was promoted to sergeant ahead of time (alongside former “Dream High” co-star Kim Soo Hyun). Early promotion is reserved for only the most outstanding soldiers and is capped at 10 percent of candidates. After all that, he even received an award just last month for his exemplary conduct. Get it, Taec!


2. When he reunited with 2PM for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics

In early 2018, 2PM was invited to perform at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Nobody really expected Taec to join them, so it was the best kind of surprise when we found out the group would reunite. Even before Taecyeon became the first to enlist, 2PM members had been focusing a lot on solo activities, with most of their group activities taking place in Japan. It was really special, then, to get a group performance in Korea on such a unique and memorable occasion.

Our favorite part of the whole event? It has to be this hilarious fancam of the members rehearsing their 2009 monster hit “Heartbeat.” Taec got adorably embarrassed while performing the iconic opening choreo still dressed in his uniform and failed miserably as he tried to get the audience to stop cheering.