One Hand Saluting, The Other Signing Autograph – Celebs Who Served in the Military

Now, it’s very well known that people who served in the military often have a lot of discipline, can stick to routines and work hard to keep fit and accomplish missions. With these stars, it looks like that training followed through to their real lives.

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman is one of the most successful actors of his generation working well into his old age. He even played the president of the United States. He always seems cool, calm and collected. Freeman chose to enter the United States Air Force instead of taking on his drama scholarship to Jackson State University.


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Freeman thought flying was his passion but after serving as a pilot in the military he changed his mind. (Thank goodness for us!) On this, he remarked, “You are not in love with this; you are in love with the idea of this.” After leaving the Air Force back in 1959 they named him “Airman First Class.”

Clint Eastwood

“Go ahead, make my day.” This iconic phrase was spoken by Clint Eastwood’s character Harry Callahan and is completely associated with the man himself. The brilliant actor and director has entertained us for generations.



The “Dirty Harry” character was drafted during the Korean War and stayed in this position for 2 years becoming a swimming instructor on base (in Ft. Ord in California) while making money as a bouncer at the army NCO club.

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Gal Gadot

This amazing Wonder Woman was born and raised in Israel. In Israel everyone goes to the army, including women. This was excellent training for the super-hero as she served for 2 years as a combat trainer.


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After winning “Miss Israel” in 2004, she then entered the army at 20 years old. In a recent interview, Gadot explained that her training wasn’t that bad, stating it prepared her for Hollywood – and with that body and those skills, who’s complaining?

Prince Harry

Women the world over were mad with envy when they heard Prince Harry was finally settling down with the gorgeous Megan Markle. The world has always followed Harry and his interesting antics. He served in the British army much like his brother Prince William.



He completed his officer training at the British Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2006. He was deployed in Iraq but a decision was made that it was too dangerous for him as he was a big target. He was later deployed to Afghanistan and officially left the army in 2015.

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Sean Connery

In his youth, Sean Connery was an exceptionally beautiful man and everyone remembers him for his 007 catch-phrase “shaken, not stirred” as Ian Fleming’s “James Bond”. He joined the Royal Navy to fight for his country at the tender age of 16.


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He got discharged from the army, after 3 years, due to a stomach ulcer he developed. It was life-threatening and to our delight, went home. He had various jobs, including bodybuilding, until he eventually went into showbiz.

Arnold Shwarzenegger

When talking about perseverance and tenacity, Arnold Shwarzenegger has it all. Before all his fame began, he served in the Austrian Army which, back then, was a requirement for all 18-year-old Austrian men.


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He was only there for a year, starting his service in 1965. During his service, he snuck off and won the Junior Mr. Europe contest. He was detained for a week for doing this in military prison. As we know he went on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest action movie stars.

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Jimi Hendrix

Many are surprised to hear that this “All Along the Watchtower” singer who dropped one too many LSDs and died way too young actually served in the military. He was known not to be the most focused of soldiers and spent hours on his guitar.



When he was 19 and caught driving stolen cars, he was given the choice of going to prison or the army of which he chose the latter. He eventually received an honorable discharge on the basis of unsuitability.

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye brought us a lot of really good, sensual music. He definitely influenced the sound of Motown. After time in the army, it was soon realized not to be the place for him.


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When he was 17, he dropped out of school to enlist in the United States Air Force. He became a basic airman but genuinely did not enjoy it. He went so far as to fake a mental illness so he could be discharged.

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J.R.R. Tolkien

The world of hobbits and Mordor wouldn’t exist without this brilliant author. This extra-ordinary fantasy author delayed being drafted by the British for World War 1 for as long as possible.


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Eventually, he was drafted and sent off to France. He suffered many health issues during the war and came down with “trench fever” at one stage. It was a good thing though as he was eventually taken out of the front lines.

Elvis Presley

Surprisingly, the “King of Rock” served in the army at the peak of his career. He received his draft notice in 1957. It was only a short time after he performed his last concert on the Ed Sullivan Show.



He served for 2 years in the 3rd Armored Division and was the most popular soldier in the army. It was when serving in Germany that he met his younger and beautiful future wife Priscilla Beaulieu. Of the army he, stated, The army can do anything it wants with me. Millions of other guys have been drafted, and I don’t want to be different from anyone else.”

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Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford has always been a “dreamy” actor. From “Star Wars” to “Indiana Jones”, he has always captured the hearts of ladies and guys think he’s cool. Now, he hasn’t been in the military directly, but he has helped with many rescue missions at the request of local authorities.


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He has a pilot’s license and frequently assists with rescue missions. He pilots both helicopters and small planes. He generally helps to locate lost hikers. What an amazing man!

Harvey Keital

Known as “The Wolf” in “Pulp Fiction”, Harvey Keitel has actually had a very long-standing career in Hollywood. He joined the US Marine Corps when he was 16 and served in active combat. He was even shipped off to Lebanon to participate in Operation Blue Bat.



After his service in the Marines, his acting career eventually exploded with roles in hit movies like “Taxi Driver”, “Thelma & Louise”, “Reservoir Dogs” and of course “Pulp Fiction”.

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James Earl Jones

Nobody commands your auditory awareness quite like James Earl Jones. With a voice as smooth as velvet, he has been the voice of the sinister “Darth Vader” as well as “Mufasa”. Before his acting career, he joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps during the Korean War.



He never actually fought in Korea but rather served in the U.S. in 1953 to 1955. Jones and his men were in charge of cold weather training command in Colorado and, impressively, was promoted to first left lieutenant.

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen is an absolute legend. His nickname was, in fact, “The King of Cool”. He starred in films such as “The Cincinnati Kid”, “The Thomas Crowne Affair”, “Bullitt”, “The Getaway” and “Papillion”. He joined the Marine Corps in 1947.



Now the following is quite interesting:” He was demoted 7 times in his service in the army and was known for being a rebel. At the end, he was responsible for actually saving the lives of five other Marines in an Arctic exercise. He was eventually honored discharged.