Today on Day’s to remember, we celebrate how on March 24th 1958, Elvis Presley was sworn in as a private in the U.S. Army.
Elvis, accompanied by his parents and a group of family and friends, reports to the Memphis Draft Board, from there, he and twelve other recruits were bused to Kennedy Veterans Memorial Hospital.
There, Elvis is assigned army serial number 53 310 761, and after his physical is put in charge of the group.
After being processed and sworn in, Elvis said his good-byes and Private Presley was bused with the others from Memphis to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas for further processing, but when did Elvis actually join the army?
On January 19, 1953, Elvis registers for the U.S. Selective Service System. Under the draft system, young men of good health were expected to be available from age 18, to serve in the military for two years of active duty and then four years in the reserves.
Today’s YouTube video brought to you by user name, (TCB Sonny), is a slide show just before Elvis joined the army. As we celebrate how on March 24th 1958, Elvis Presley was sworn in as a private in the U.S. Army.
How many enlisted Army ranks are there?
There are 13 enlisted ranks in the U.S. Army: Private, Private Second Class, Private First Class, Specialist, Corporal, Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Sergeant First Class, Master Sergeant, First Sergeant, Sergeant Major, Command Sergeant Major, and Sergeant Major of the Army.
The term as a military rank seems to come from the Sixteenth Century when individuals had the privilege of enlisting or making private contracts to serve as private soldiers in military units. Before the Sixteenth Century many soldiers were forced (conscripted) into service by royalty or feudal lords.
Some sources claim that the use of “private” as an official “rank” dates back to the 18th century when the French Army, under Napoleon, established the permanent rank.
Private (PVT), the lowest Army rank, is normally only held by new recruits while at Basic Combat Training (BCT), but the rank is occasionally assigned to soldiers after a disciplinary action has been taken. The Army Private (E-1) wears no uniform insignia.
Private 2nd Class (PV2) is the first promotion most enlisted Soldiers can earn after completing basic combat training (BCT). The Private’s job is be to apply the new skills and knowledge learned during basic training and to continue to learn how to follow orders given by higher-ranked supervisors.
Private First Classes (PFC) are the basic workforce strength and rank of the U.S. Army. PFC is the point in which junior enlisted soldiers begin the transition from apprentice to journeyman by developing technical and leadership skills.
Besides Elvis were there any other famous people who joined the army?
Elvis term in the army was from 1958 to 1960, James Earl Jones the voice of Darth Vader promoted to first lieutenant during 1953-1955 after the Korean War, primarily training soldiers in Colorado.
Kris Kristofferson, the actor who starred in the movie, “The Star is Born,” along with Barbara Streisand, in 1961 – 1965 flew helicopters for the army in West Germany and eventually was promoted to the rank of captain.
Mel Brooks also worked on the frontlines as a combat engineer in 1944-1946 specializing in landmine deactivation. He credits his sense of humor to this intense job because it “required a sense of humor.”
Leonard Nimoy who was known as “Mr. Spock,” spent most of his time in reserves in 1953-1955, at Ft McPherson in Georgia, eventually earning the rank of sergeant.
Clint Eastwood served during 1951-1953 in The Korean War. Eastwood was swimming instructor for the Army in Ft. Ord, California.
Now that you have a little movie history regarding the Army, let’s not forget today’s celebration how on March 24th 1958, Elvis Presley was sworn in as a private in the U.S. Army.
Written & Designed by JD Mitchell