Elvis Presley’s Army career

Elvis Presley entered the United States Army at Memphis, Tennessee, on March 24, 1958, and then spent three days at the Fort Chaffee, Arkansas Reception Station.

He left active duty at Fort Dix, New Jersey, on March 5, 1960, and received his discharge from the Army Reserve on March 23, 1964.

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Not published in LIFE. Sgt. Elvis Presley prepares to leave Germany, March 1960.

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Not published in LIFE. Elvis Presley at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army, March 1960.


Elvis Presley in Grafenwoehr, 1958. The training area is now home to the 7 U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command.