14 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were In The Military

14. Jimi Hendrix


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Although he’s known as a legendary guitar player, Hendrix was kicked out of the Army because he was caught playing a solo on the skin flute.

Before becoming Jimi Hendrix the icon, he was James Hendrix, a wayward Seattle youth who had a choice to make — enlist in the army or spend two years behind bars for stealing cars.

Hendrix decided the barracks were better than the big house, so he joined on May 31, 1961, and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. It was clear early on Hendrix was not a good fit for the military, and he was constantly cited for breaking the rules and ignoring his duties for playing his guitar.

By May of 1962, the military had had enough, Hendrix’s superior officer recommended he be discharged. According to military documents released by the Smoking Gun, the recommendation was made in light of, and I quote:

“behavior problems, requires excessive supervision while on duty, little regard for regulations, apprehended m*st*rb*ting in the platoon area while supposed to be on detail.

By June of 1962, Hendrix was discharged and free to pursue his dreams of becoming a guitar god.

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