Note: This post has been updated for 2017!
In honor of Veteran’s Day, The Ashley is excited to bring you this list of reality TV stars that are also military veterans! These people risked their lives (not to mention sacrificed precious time with their friends and family) to serve our country, so it’s only right that we honor them over here on The Roundup!
Happy Veteran’s Day to the men and women listed below, and all of our military service men and women, and their families! Thank you for your service!
Before he was a rapper, actor or reality TV star, Ice T served four years in the US Army’s 25th Infantry Division. He became interested in rap during his time in the Army, and was later honorably discharged. Ice T and his wife, Coco, were the subjects of a reality show called ‘Ice Loves Coco’ which ran for three seasons on E! He also starred on the short-lived VH1 reality show ‘Ice-T’s Rap School.’
U.S. Air Force
‘Teen Mom 2’ star Javi Marroquin joined the U.S. Air Force while filming the show, and fans watched as he went on a six-month deployment overseas. His military service has been a main topic of conversation on ‘Teen Mom 2’ for Javi and ex-wife, Kail Lowry. Javi recently stated that he is considering reenlisting for another four years but has not decided yet.
Andy Baldwin was the perfect pick to be the ‘Bachelor’ because he had it all: good looks, intelligence (he graduated magna cum laude from Duke!) and is a U.S. Naval Officer and doctor. (Kind of puts ol’ Juan Pablo to shame, no?) Andy founded the Got Your Back Network, an organization that helps honor the families of fallen soldiers. These days, he works as a physician delivering babies, competes in triathlons (he’s been named to the All-Navy triathlon team five times) and does humanitarian work. Swoon.
U.S. Marines. & U.S. Army
Zac of ’60 Days In’ Season 1 and Ryan of Season 2 are both vets. Zac served in the Marine Corps., while Ryan was a medic in the Army. Ryan showed off some of his medical skills when he helped set his cellmate’s broken knuckle. His abilities helped to earn the trust of his cellmates.
He may be known for his one-liners and eccentric personality, but “Uncle Si” Robertson is also a veteran. Si served in the U.S. Army for nearly 25 years, from 1968-1993, and fought in the Vietnam War. It was during his time in the military that he acquired his trademark blue cup, which he has used every day for the last 30 years. (His mother sent it to him in a care package.)
“The military will always have a special place in my heart,” he has said. “I pray that not one solider is ever forgotten.”
Wanna see what Si looked like in his Army uniform? Click here!
In addition to being a veteran, Richard was also the very first ‘Survivor’ winner and has appeared on ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’ He also spent some time in the slammer for not paying the taxes on his big ‘Survivor winnings,’ but that’s a whole other story…
Before starring on ‘The Real World Austin’ in 2005, Rachel served as a combat nurse in the Army. She is a veteran of the Iraq War. Her time in the military helped her prepare to live in a ‘Real World’ loft with people like Wes, Melinda and Danny. She later went on to star on ‘The Challenge: Inferno 3″ in 2007, where she was a member of the ‘Good Guys’ team. After her time on reality TV, Rachel got married, had two babies and currently works as a physician’s assistant at a medical center in Albany, New York.
U.S. National Guard & U.S. Air Force
Two of Janelle and Kody Brown’s son have chosen to join the military. Garrison recently completed basic training in 2016 and serves in the Nevada Army National Guard, while Hunter is attending the U.S. Air Force Academy.
These guys made up the “Military Team” on NatGeo’s ‘Ultimate Survival Alaska’ during Season 2, which aired in 2014. They came from different branches of the military– Jared is a former Navy SEAL, Rodolfo is a Marine and Grady is a former Green Beret, but they managed to work well together. Competing against a team of woodsmen, as well as a team of endurance specialists and a team of mountaineers, “Team Military” came in second during Season 2. Grady went on to co-host ‘Dual Survival.’
Before Cody became one half of the biggest showmance on ‘Big Brother 19’ he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and was deployed twice. According to TMZ, Cody reached the rank of E-4 Corporal with a specialty as a Rifleman.
In addition, he spent time in the U.S. Air Force, and received several prestigious medals including two National Defense Service Medals, a Good Conduct Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and 2 Navy Unit Commendations. (To see more pics from Cody’s time in the service, click here!)
Josh finished fourth on the second season of ‘American Idol,’ and has gone on to become a successful country singer. Josh auditioned for ‘Idol’ while he was still in the Marines, and knew that he could be sent overseas at any time during the show. In fact, he was not able to participate (and make serious dough) from the “Idols Live Tour” in the summer of 2003. Instead, he spent a year touring the country to promote the U.S. Marines. He was honorably discharged in 2004 after four years of service. (Another ‘Idol’ alum, Season 6’s Phil Stacey, is also a vet. He served in the U.S. Navy.)
Before Hugh was publishing magazines and plowing through 20-something blondes, he spent some time in the U.S. Army. He served two years, from 1944-1946. Later, of course, he starred with three of his former blond girlfriends on the reality show ‘The Girls Next Door.’ (Check out Hugh’s army portrait here!)
Jubilee, who appeared on Ben Higgins’ season of ‘The Bachelor,’ is an Army vet who joined when she was 18. She discussed her time in the military while competing for Ben’s heart on ‘The Bachelor’ and in April 2017, wrote on Instagram that she had come to the end of her military service.
“Today is my OFFICIAL last day in the military!” she wrote. “Kind of bitter sweet. I grew up in this uniform, went to Afghanistan in this uniform…I Wouldn’t have it any other way! So grateful to have been part of the small percentage that puts on this uniform and serves their Country.”
Ryan appeared on ‘The Real World: Brooklyn’ in 2008, as well as ‘The Real World Presents: Return to Duty,’ a 2009 MTV documentary that followed Ryan as he served his second tour of duty overseas. He had been called back to active duty while filming ‘The Real World: Brooklyn.’ In January 2010, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. He later wrote a book about his military experience, and toured colleges giving speeches about his service.
U.S. Army & U.S. Air Force
Two ‘Teen Mom’ grandpas are proud vets– ‘Teen Mom OG’ star Michael Abraham (father of Farrah Abraham), and ‘Teen Mom 2’ star Jeff Simms (father of Corey Simms). Michael and Jeff haven’t discussed their time in the military very often on the show, but Jeff shared a photo from his Air Force days on Instagram to celebrate Veteran’s Day 2017.
“Of all of my accomplishments in life, serving my country in the military remains a source of pride to me!” Jeff wrote in the caption of the photo of him serving during Desert Storm.
Farrah’s dad served in the U.S. Army and is a disabled vet.
Luke narrowly missed becoming ‘The Bachelor,’ losing the role to Nick Viall, but before his time on JoJo Fletcher’s season of ‘The Bachelorette,’ Luke graduated from West Point. He served in the U.S. Army from 2007-2012, and was stationed for some of that time overseas in Afghanistan. He left active duty as a Captain in 2012 and is now a country singer.
Obviously, this is just a short list of some of the many brave men and women who have served our country (and starred on a reality show!)
Thank you to all of the veterans (and their families) for your service!
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