Song Joong-ki was ranked #5 in the list of the top celebrities who benefited from serving the national army according to tvN TV show, 'E News'. Top five also includes Jang Hyuk, Sung Si-kyung, Oh Jong-hyuk, Yoon Si-yoon and Ji Sung.
Song Joong-ki decided to join the national army on August 27th, 2013 all of sudden, while he had more than 10 contracts for TV commercials thanks to the big success of 'The Innocent Man' and 'A Werewolf Boy'.
His value and popularity went up even higher after he joined the army. After the entertainment soldier system was cancelled due to the incident some of the soldiers used massage parlors while serving military, he joined the army as a regular solider for the first time among actors, singers and other entertainers alike. Because of this, he drew much attention at the time.
Contrary to his soft image, he was deployed to the Reconnaissance Corps, which is famed with intense training. The military recognized his earnest service and had him to host an event by Ministry of National Defense, which took place in China. When his photo from the event was released, people said he became even more impressive.
Song Joong-ki emerged as a sought-after celebrity for TV commercials before he joined the army. He had contracted more than 10 TV commercials including cosmetics, outdoor goods, and smartphones. He earned 500 million won per each contract of the TV commercials. All of the contracts were renewed even during the time he has been serving the military and he still has been earning much income.
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