Country music star Craig Morgan, known for hits like “Redneck Yacht Club,” made headlines by re-enlisting in the Army Reserves at the age of 59. During a live show at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, Morgan, who previously served 17 years in the active-duty Army and Reserves, took the oath on stage, marking his return to military service. His decision comes as the Army faces recruitment challenges, with a projected shortfall of around 10,000 individuals this year.
Morgan, now serving as a celebrity recruiter, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity, stating, “I love being an artist, but I consider it a true privilege and honor to work with what I believe are the greatest of Americans, my fellow soldiers. God Bless America, go Army.”
The move was supported by Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who serves on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and sees Morgan’s re-enlistment as a way to draw attention to the declining military numbers. She stated, “Having Craig out there, helping deliver that message, talking about how blessed he’s been with his career and then still wanting to enlist again, I think it’s fantastic.”
Morgan, assigned to Redstone Arsenal in Alabama as a new reservist, will continue touring, including shows for the military. Gen. Andrew Poppas, head of Army Forces Command, officiated the concert ceremony and commended Morgan’s decision, emphasizing the transformative honor of serving in the United States Army.