21 Reality TV Stars Who Have Served in the Military

Note: This post has been updated for 2023!

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! 

David Toborowsky (90 Day Fiance) U.S. Army


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David— whom we first met on “90 Day Fiance” Season 5— served in the U.S. Army starting in 1988. David has stated that he was stationed in Fort Leonard Wood and Redstone Arsenal during his time in the military. In May 2019, David posted a photo from his military days.

Ice-T (Ice Loves Coco) U.S. Army

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.’

Javi Marroquin (Teen Mom 2) 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. Javi’s military service was a major storyline for several seasons of ‘Teen Mom 2’ before he and his then-wife Kail Lowry ended up splitting.   

Javi completed his service in 2018 and is now an Air Force Reserve recruiter in Delaware. 

Dr. Andy Baldwin (The Bachelor) U.S. Navy

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. 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.

Uncle Si (Duck Dynasty) U.S. Army

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!

Richard Hatch (Survivor) U.S. Army

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…

Rudy Boesch (Survivor) Navy SEAL

Rudy appeared alongside Richard during the first season of ‘Survivor,’ and came in third place. However his biggest accomplishments in life stem from his service in the U.S. Navy. Rudy joined the Navy in 1945 and quickly volunteered for “secret hazardous duty.” He was one of the first 50 officers of the original SEAL Team Two. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic action during his service in the Vietnam War.

Sadly, Rudy died in 2019 at the age of 91.

Nathan Griffith (Teen Mom 2) U.S. Marine Corps.

Javi isn’t the only military ‘Teen Mom 2’ dad. Nathan Griffith– who shares son Kaiser with former ‘Teen Mom 2’ star Jenelle Evans– is a proud former Marine. He served from 2006 to 2010, and was awarded several prestigious medals after he suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) while serving. 

Rachel Moyal (The Real World Austin/The Challenge) U.S. Army


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. 

She is now a Research Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, as well as a Senior Clinical Implementation Specialist at a lab.

On November 8, Rachel wrote about her experience in the military in an essay for the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program, which she was named a Scholar of in 2023.

Cody Nickson (Big Brother) U.S. Marines Corp.

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.

Cody is now married to Jessica Graf, the woman he met on ‘BB19.’ They appeared on— and won– ‘The Amazing Race’ in 2018.

Hugh Hefner (The Girls Next Door) U.S. Army

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 his bevy of blond girlfriends on the reality show ‘The Girls Next Door.’ Hugh died in September 2017. (Check out his Army portrait here!)

Liam & Yeremi Hykel /Joel Strasser & Garrett Smith (The Amazing Race Season 35) (Navy & Marines/ Army) 

Four contestants featured on the currently airing season of ‘The Amazing Race’ served in the United States Armed Forces

Brothers Liam and Yeremi both have military backgrounds. Liam served in Navy while Yeremi is a Marine.

Garrett and Joel are best friends who met when they joined the Army around the same time. Garrett was hurt in training, but Joel was sent to Iraq. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1998-2006.

Jubilee Sharpe (The Bachelor/ Bachelor in Paradise) U.S. Army

Jubilee, who appeared on Ben Higgins’ season of ‘The Bachelor’ and two seasons of ‘Bachelor in Paradise,’ is an Army vet who joined the service 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 Conklin (The Real World) U.S. Army


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.

Luke Pell (The Bachelorette) U.S. Army

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.

Tylor Strawmyer (Unexpected) U. S. Navy

Tylor– who starred on TLC’s ‘Unexpected’ with his now-ex-wife Laura– joined the U.S. Navy in 2018. On the one-year anniversary of the day he joined the Navy, Tylor wrote on Instagram how happy he is that he chose to serve.

“It is the best decision I will ever make,” he wrote in September 2019. “It’s been a wild ride and an amazing transformation. I can’t wait for this career to move forward and show me what I’m capable of…”

In 2020, Tyler announced on Instagram that he was officially a United States Navy Surface Rescue Swimmer. While in the Navy, Tylor served as an electronics technician. 

Mike Johnson (The Bachelorette/ Bachelor in Paradise) U.S. Air Force


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Happy Veterans Day to my fellow warriors 🇺🇸 I can bloviate on what veterans day truly means to me but I’ll spare ya!

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Fans fell in love with Mike during Hannah Brown’s season of ‘The Bachelorette.’ He followed up his time on that show with a stint on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ and was in serious contention to become the next ‘Bachelor’ for the 2020 season. Before becoming famous on reality TV, though, Mike served in the Air Force and was an Airman First Class.

Kim Menzies (90 Day Fiance) U.S. Army

Kim– who starred on “Before the 90 Days” during Season 5 and ‘Happily Ever After’ during Season 7 with her ex-fiancé Usman “Sojaboy” Uman— is an Army vet.

In October 2022, Kim discussed her time in the Army with her Instagram followers.

“My military service is very special to me. For those that are so concerned, I was in the Army from 1989 to 1996 until I was in Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia from August 1990 until July 1991.”

Kim told her followers that she was in the Army for nine years but left shortly after her son was born.

“They wanted me to do an unaccompanied tour overseas and I just couldn’t do that,” Kim wrote on Instagram Stories in October 2022. “I just couldn’t do that. I got out on an HONORABLE DISCHARGE.” 

In honor of Veterans Day 2023, Kim posted a photo from her time in the Army. 


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!

(Photos: Getty Images; Instagram, YouTube, CBS, A&E, Nat Geo, E!, Facebook, Twitter, MTV)


    1. oh, and like another poster said ~ the story about uncle si and his blue cup 🔵🥤 is great!

  1. Rachel ripping Nehemiah to bits when he told her she was “just a nurse” is one of my favorite scenes in that season

  2. Interesting about some of these! I can think of couple more just from 16 and Pregnant and then also Diego from Unexpected is also now in the military. I am not sure how much he has served yet but I know he did make it through boot camp. Thank you to all those who have served!

  3. Tobo! I never would have guessed. Michael Abraham, either.
    I think Nathan should write a book, I’m curious about his injury and what medals he received.

    Thank you, veterans, for your huge sacrifices. 🇺🇸

  4. Tobo! I never would have guessed. Michael Abraham, either.
    I think Nathan should write a book, I’m curious about his injury and what medals he received.

    Thank you, veterans, for your huge sacrifices. 🇺🇸

  5. Thank you, The Ashley 🙂 It’s nice to be thanked for military service and it’s always cool to hear about fellow veterans who have served, quasi-famous or not 🙂

    1. He’s on the list. I knew he was a Marine. It wasn’t aware of the TBI he suffered. Honestly it explains a lot about his erratic behavior.

  6. Not to be “that person” but there is no such rank as “Staff sergeant first class”. Staff Sergeant (SSG) is the rank below Sergeant First Class (SFC). I would think that spending so much time in the military, uncle Si would have made SFC.

    1. Sometimes it depends on how full the MOS is. Like my husband has been promotable for over two years now but no one in his MOS is moving up because of how full it is.

  7. Rachel from Real World Austin. She’s also done a Challenge show. Not sure which one. She was a Army nurse in Iraq.

  8. David and Nathan (RW Seattle) met in the Virginia Military Institute… not sure whether they did anything with that.

    1. Yes! I remember that, they knew each other before auditioning for RW and ended up on the same season/show.

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