Elvis Presley

How the US Army shaped Elvis Presley


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One of the most well-known names in the world of entertainment, Elvis Presley also served in the United States Army. He was drafted into the army and he was clearly against it, but he did manage to make the most of the time spent in the Army.

Before he was drafted he had created somewhat like a national outrage because of his sexually charged performances. Parents during that time feared the kind of influence Elvis had on their children, so when he was drafted into the army, they took this in a very positive manner. What might surprise you is the fact that at the time when he had joined the army, he was offered to enlist as a special service soldier, so that he could entertain soldiers through his performances, but he chose to enlist as a regular soldier.


This was perhaps a key moment in Elvis’s life because this act earned him the respect not only from his fellow soldiers but also a number of people who had a negative perception about him. His stint in the US Army changed his life in a lot of ways; firstly his mother died during this time and Elvis could never really recover from the void her death had left behind. Secondly, he started to sing/release more ballads than Rock-and-Roll songs, which earned praises from the older generation too. While serving in Germany, he also met his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu. Also, while in Germany he got addicted to stimulants, which would, later on, lead to his premature death.


Elvis Presley had joined the US Army in March 1958 and he was discharged on January and he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Many people hoped/thought that Elvis would mess up or goof up the whole situation, but he did not, and this earned him the respect of many from the older generation.


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