Indeed, Strait is a former military man himself: in particular, he was in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1975. Furthermore, it was during his service that that the future singer-songwriter began to cultivate his passion for music. When Strait and the 25th Infantry Division were stationed in Hawaii, he even joined Army-sponsored band Rambling Country.
And in a 1982 interview with Weekend Journal on KXIX-TV, Strait talked about how the Army shaped his music career. “I was in the service, and I just for some reason got it in me that I could sing,” he said. “I thought that I could possibly make a career out of singing. So, I went and bought a guitar.”
Strait further explained, “I started learning songs, and I learned enough where I could get a band together. The last year I was in the service, that’s what I did for the Army… I sang country music.” But, of course, Strait remained a performer well after his time in the military. Once he was honorably discharged from the Army in 1975, for instance, he joined the group Stoney Ridge, which he renamed Ace in the Hole Band.