Elvis is Inducted into the Army
On March 24, 1958, Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army.
Shortly after his 18th birthday on January 19, 1953, Elvis did as all American men must do. He registered with the U.S. Selective Service System. As the draft system of the day required, healthy young men were expected to serve two years of active military duty and four years in the reserves.
Over the next four years Elvis became one of the nation’s biggest entertainers, releasing numerous hit songs and starring in popular films. Then on January 4, 1957 he went to the Kennedy Veterans Hospital in Memphis for his army pre-induction physical. On his 22nd birthday the Memphis Draft Board announced at a press conference that Elvis would likely be drafted some time that year.