With his new cropped hair cut, actor Song Joong Ki greeted and bid farewell to his fans and reporters, as he enlisted at 102 Reserve Unit at Chuncheon, Kangwon-do on August 27th for his basic training before starting his 2 years of national service in a few weeks’ time.
Song Joong Ki’s enlistment was something special as it comes at a time, when the Ministry of Defense had just scrapped the PR agent unit which had been embroiled in a ‘massage parlour’ scandal earlier this year. Thus with Song Joong Ki being a popular star, it was bound to attract much attention when he enlisted for the army. It is reported that Song Joong Ki will remain and serve in Kangwon-do for the next two years.
Prior to enlistment, Song Joong Ki said, “I will finish up my remaining schedules and then enlist. I want to thank those who have continued to support me from the bottom of my heart. I can’t thank each and every one of you, but I hope you all can understand my feelings.”
Song Joong Ki made his debut through the movie ‘Frozen Flower’ in 2008, and proceeded to star in hit dramas like ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’ and ‘Tree of Deep Roots’ where he won acclaim from viewers for his stellar acting. He reached the pinnacle of his acting career with impressive performances in his drama ‘Nice Guy’ and movie ‘A Werewolf Boy’ last year.
Song Joong Ki will receive 5 weeks of basic training before beginning his 21 months of active service.
By: Shin Jung Hyun