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Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army as a private at Fort Chaffee, near Fort Smith, Arkansas. His arrival was a major media event. Hundreds of people descended on Presley as he stepped from the bus; photographers then accompanied him into the fort. Presley announced that he was looking forward to his military stint, saying he did not want to be treated any differently from anyone else: "The Army can do anything it wants with me." Soon after Presley commenced basic training at Fort Hood, Texas, he received a visit from Eddie Fadal, a businessman he had met on tour. According to Fadal, Presley had become convinced his career was finished-"He firmly believed that." But then, during a two-week leave in early June, Presley recorded five songs in Nashville. In early August, his mother was diagnosed with hepatitis and her condition rapidly worsened. Presley, granted emergency leave to visit her, arrived in Memphis on August 12. Two days later, she died of heart failure, aged 46. Presley was devastated; their relationship had remained extremely close--even into his adulthood, they would use baby talk with each other and Presley would address her with pet names. After training, Presley joined the 3rd Armored Division in Friedberg, Germany, on October 1. Introduced to amphetamines by a sergeant while on maneuvers, he became "practically evangelical about their benefits" - not only for energy, but for "strength" and weight loss, as well - and many of his friends in the outfit joined him in indulging. The Army also introduced Presley to karate, which he studied seriously, later including it in his live performances. Fellow soldiers have attested to Presley's wish to be seen as an able, ordinary soldier, despite his fame, and to his generosity. He donated his Army pay to charity, purchased TV sets for the base, and bought an extra set of fatigues for everyone in his outfit. Elvis Presley is shown in uniform at company D 1st Battalion 32nd U.S. Army Armour at the barr

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Actor, director and comedian Mel Brooks attended the Army Specialized Training Program conducted at the Virginia Military Institute, and served in the United States Army as a corporal in the 1104 Engineer Combat Battalion, 78th Infantry Division defusing land mines during World War II. Golden Globes nominee Mel Brooks arrives for the NBC Universal/Focus Features after-party following the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Soldiers rush a trauma victim to a U.S. Army medical helicopter in Tarmiyah, Iraq, Sept. 30, 2007. (U.S. Army)

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M16 - is the United States military select-fire adaptation of the AR-15 rifle. The rifle was adapted for semi-automatic and full-automatic fire. Colt purchased the rights to the AR-15 from ArmaLite, and currently uses that designation only for semi-automatic versions of the rifle. The M16 fires the 5.56;45mm NATO cartridge. The rifle entered United States Army service and was deployed for jungle warfare operations in South Vietnam in 1963, becoming the U.S. military's standard service rifle of the Vietnam War by 1969, replacing the M14 rifle in that role. The U.S. Army retained the M14 in CONUS, Europe, and South Korea until 1970. In 1983 with the USMC's adoption of the M16A2 (1986 for the US Army), the M16 rifle was modified for three-round bursts, with some later variants having all modes of fire and has been the primary service rifle of the U.S. armed forces. The M16 has also been widely adopted by other militaries around the world. Total worldwide production of M16s has been approximately 8 million, making it the most-produced firearm of its caliber. As of 2010, the U.S. Army is supplementing the M16 in combat units with the M4 carbine, which is a smaller version of the M16. A U.S. 9th. Infantry division soldier makes sure that his M16 rifle remains dry as he wades through monsoon-swollen stream in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, August 2, 1967. The week of July 23-30, during a search and destroy operation about 20 miles southeast of Saigon. (AP Photo)

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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Reese and his military working dog Grek wait at a safe house before conducting an assault against insurgents in Buhriz, Iraq, April 10, 2007. U.S. Army Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division and Iraqi army soldiers from 4th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division are going house-to-house in search for weapons caches and enemy fighters after more than 1,000 residents of this Baqubah suburb were displaced by Al-Qaeda insurgents. (U.S.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall) www.army.mil

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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Reese takes a knee with his military working dog Grek after hearing gunfire within 100 meters during a search for insurgents in Buhriz, Iraq, April 10, 2007. U.S. Army Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division and Iraqi army soldiers from 4th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division are going house-to-house in search for weapons caches and enemy fighters after more than 1,000 residents of this Baqubah suburb were displaced by Al-Qaeda insurgents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall) (Released)

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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Reese and his military working dog Grek wait at a safe house before conducting an assault against insurgents in Buhriz, Iraq, April 10, 2007. U.S. Army Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division and Iraqi army soldiers from 4th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division are going house-to-house in search for weapons caches and enemy fighters after more than 1,000 residents of this Baqubah suburb were displaced by Al-Qaeda insurgents. (U.S.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall) www.army.mil

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Back when military conflicts had names, U.S. Army troops in Afghanistan in December 2009 carry out Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force)

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U.S. Army military police escort a chained detainee to the Joint Interrogation Facility at Camp X-Ray, at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002. (AP Photo/Bill Gorman)

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In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. Manning is suing the Defense Department for hormone therapy. Lawyers for the Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning and the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)

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Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher Ciampa took bribes to help steal millions of dollars' worth of fuel meant to support U.S. military operations in Afghanistan." (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey, U.S. Army, delivers testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services on the U.S. policy towards Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP Photo by: Ron Sachs/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

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Gen. Ray Odierno, Commanding General, Multi-National Forces-Iraq, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joseph McGee, Commander of 2-327 Infantry Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, walk through the streets of Samarra to visit the locals, on Oct. 29, 2008. (U.S. Army) ** FILE **

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110214-A-WO967-004 U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Bush with Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment directs U.S. soldiers out of the landing zone as a UH-60 Black Hawk lands prior to Iraqi army live fire exercise on Tealeaf Island near Basra, Iraq, on Feb. 14, 2011. Iraqi forces conducted live fire exercises while U.S. soldiers assigned to 36th Infantry Division and 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division were on hand to provide assistance. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Michael L. Casteel, U.S. Army. (Released)

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This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. (AP Photo/U.S. Army) ** FILE **