Elvis Presley in the Army

Elvis Presley was a superstar when he received his draft notice in December 1957. Because he had agreed to film the movie King Creole, he was granted a deferment of 60 days. Finally, on March 24, 1958, Elvis Presley was inducted into the United States Army at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.

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The press had full access there and while he was getting his haircut, he joked, “Hair today, gone tomorrow!” He was then assigned to the 2nd Armored Division [“Hell on Wheels”] at Fort Hood in Texas. Basic training and advanced tank instruction followed over the summer before his unit left for Germany in early fall. It was to be his only trip abroad.

Photo: Associated Press [Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons

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