Kris Kristofferson was born into military life. His father, Lars Henry Kristofferson, was a United States Army Corps officer and later a United States Air Force Major General. As a result, Kristofferson's parents pushed him to also serve his country, so he did just that.
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Kristofferson joined the Army and served for five years, attaining the rank of captain. He was stationed in Germany for a time before returning to the States, where he taught literature at West Point.
Against his parents' wishes, Kristofferson left the Army to pursue a career as a songwriter. Although his parent's didn't approve of his new career choice, Kristofferson has definitely thrived as a songwriter and country artist.