EXO‘s Chen enlisted in the military just last month after an eventful year including a marriage announcement, revelation that he’ll become a father, as well as new music.

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And recently, a new photo of Chen at the military training camp emerged in the online community.

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The photo shows Chen posting with all of his fellow soldiers and looking better than ever.

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What particularly stands out is his short hair and tanned complexion.

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Before enlisting in the military, Chen posted a handwritten letter saying goodbye to all his fans.

I’ll be sure to do my duty with a healthy mind and body so that I can return to you all as a better version of myself.

— Chen

He even released the song “Hello” for fans who will miss him.

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It’s only been a month since then, but fans are relieved to see that he’s doing well.