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1. George Strait

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The entire reason "The King of Country" got his start in music is because of his time spent in the military. In 1971, Strait enlisted in the United States Army, and was stationed at Scholfield Barracks in Hawaii. 

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During his time in Hawaii, Strait discovered he had a true passion for music. He started performing with an Army-sponsored country band called Rambling Country, which also played off base. 

Strait was honorably discharged in 1975, and enrolled in college at Southwest Texas State University, where he continued performing in a local country band. He released his first single, "Unwound," in 1981, and has since racked up over 60 number one hits.

Once again, we'd like to thank Strait and all of these talented country artists for serving our nation!

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