Celebs Who Served their Country

From Rihanna to Arnold Schwarzenegger, we salute the celebs who have spent time in the army...
Rihanna
Rihanna
Sean Connery
Sean Connery
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Shaggy
Shaggy
Actor Harvey Keitel
Actor Harvey Keitel
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix
Ice T
Ice T

Rihanna

She dresses in military gear for her music vids, and plays a hardened Navy sailor in her film debut in Battleship, which is out next year. But, before being rocketed to international fame with her singing and raunchy outfits, Ri trained as an army cadet with the military of Barbados. Bizarrely fellow pop star Shontelle was her drill sergeant, and remembers making her do push-ups.

Sean Connery

Arguably the best Bond, Sean played a Commander in the Royal Navy in the 007 films. And, perhaps by no coincidence, Sean spent three years in the Royal Navy as a teen after enlisting at the age of 16. However, he was forced to leave due to chronic stomach ulcer problems. Ironically he went on to star in several war films such as The Longest Day, The Hill and The Man Who Would Be King.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

No one doubts that he’s an achiever. He’s known as the Terminator, the Governor of California, for his bodybuilding, and more recently for his affairs. But who knew he also served in the Austrian Army? Arnie joined in 1965 when one year of military service was compulsory in Austria, and learnt how to drive a tank… Toot! Toot!

Shaggy

Claiming he joined the army to escape a bad crowd, Shaggy ended up doing a four-year tour as an artilleryman in the 10th Marines — including the 1991 liberation of Kuwait. Real name Orville Richard Burrell, Shaggy said he could not have achieved as much as he has without his military training. He said: “The discipline that is required to do music, I could only get that from being in the Marines.”

Harvey Keitel

So it turns out his believable tough-guy film characters aren’t just a result of good training. The American actor joined the US Marine Corps when he was just 16 and even served in Lebanon during Operation Blue Bat. He said: “For me the Marine Corps was a spiritual journey. It’s not about war. Our duty is to protect those who do not have the means to protect themselves.”

Jimi Hendrix

May people consider him to be one of the greatest electric guitarists of all time. He’s influenced countless musicians and has more awards than a Brad and Ange have arguments. But it turns out he wasn’t the best soldier. Jimmi was given the choice of prison or the army after being caught in a stolen car. He ended up in the 101st Airborne Division, but was eventually discharged.

Ice T

The rapper caused controversy with his track Cop Killer, but prior to that he spent four years in the US Army as a Ranger. Ice says one reason he chose the Rangers was because they wore black berets, and black was “cool, like the Panthers.”