Official Military Personnel File of Jerome J. Garcia, National Personnel Records Center. NARA ID 40932531.
#OTD 1969: GRATEFUL DEAD @Woodstock!
Check out Jerry Garcia's Military File!
By Miriam Kleiman, Public Affairs
"Psychedelic Concert Postcards", 1967-68, DOJ records, NARA ID 200336259.
Legendary Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia had an earlier gig - a motor pool mechanic in the U.S. Army! But it didn't go well. Garcia enlisted on April 12, 1960 for 3 years. He lasted 6 months and 3 days.
"His [Garcia's] motivation is so poor that it is impractical to assign this man to any assignment of responsibility. In my opinion, recruit Garcia's elimination from the service... is in the very best interest of the U.S. Army."
Reasons "recruit Garcia" was kicked out of the Army:
"character and behavior disorders"
"substandard soldiering qualities and duty performance"
"unwillingness to accept authority, discipline or responsibility"
"He is an immature individual"
"'I don't care attitude' is not compatible to rehabilitation"
"he had no desire to improve himself as a soldier"
"defective attitude toward the military"
"only interested in getting out of the Army as soon as possible"
Did you know he was missing his right middle finger? He lost 2/3 of it in 1946 when he was 4. .
Fellow countercultural icon Jack Kerouac didn't fare much better in the military: 10 days of boot camp, then 67 days in the psych ward. See: Hit the Road, Jack!
VIPs in Uniform: A Look at the Military Files of the Famous and Famous-To-Be, Prologue Magazine
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