Was Jeffrey Dahmer In The Army? Why Was He Expelled From The Army?

Talk about American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer simply won’t stop. After all, the most recent limited series on Netflix about his life, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, has dominated the service’s rankings for more than a week, and another one, Conversations With a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes, will premiere on October 7.

Monster is a dramatised account of the 17 documented killings of Jeffrey Dahmer that went unsolved for more than ten years. His victims ranged in age from 14 to 33, and he frequently used cannibalism, dismemberment, and necrophilia in his murders.

The fact that Dahmer really served in the military throughout his protracted killing spree is unknown to many people. In the fourth episode of the short-lived series, the subject is covered, and Dahmer even brags about some of the murders he committed while serving.

Following his eventual capture and conviction in 1992, Dahmer was given 15 consecutive life sentences during his trial. In 1994, inmate Christopher Scarver beat Dahmer to death in custody.

Continue reading to learn more about Jeffrey Dahmer’s military career, including what he did there, how long he served, why he was discharged, and whether he ever killed anyone.

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Was Jeffrey Dahmer In The Army?

Yes, Dahmer had a three-year stint as an Army medic in Germany. According to The Cinemaholic and AP News, he was stationed there from July 1979 until March 1981.

According to Newsweek, he started college at Ohio State University in June 1978, six weeks after committing his first murder (of 18-year-old Steven Hicks). He majored in business. Lionel Dahmer, Dahmer’s father, encouraged him to enrol in college, but he left after only three months of the first semester. According to The Cinemaholic, Lionel then persuaded his son to enlist in the military.

Was Jeffrey Dahmer In The Army
Was Jeffrey Dahmer In The Army

Where Was He Stationed?

According to AP News, Dahmer was stationed in West Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate state.

What Was Dahmer’s Military Role?

According to The New York Times, Dahmer initially enlisted to serve with the military police, but he ultimately was sent to a six-week medical specialist training programme at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, per The Cinemaholic. As a nurse’s aide in the military, Jeffrey was screening patients. The Cinemaholic reports that in July 1979, he was assigned to Baumholder, West Germany, where he served as a combat medic for the 2nd Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 8th Infantry Division.

According to his first-year reports, he was an “average or slightly above average” soldier, according to Distractify.

How Long Did He Serve In The Army?

From March of 1981 through nearly two years later, Dahmer served. According to The Cinemaholic, he was then honourably discharged from the military under Chapter 9 of the Code of Military Justice, which is also known as “officially freed after serving a period of honest and faithful duty.”

Why Was He Expelled From The Army?

Due to his alcoholism, which began when he was a young teen, Dahmer was declared unfit for military service, according to Distractify.

In Fort Jackson, South Carolina, on March 24, 1981, Dahmer received a debriefing and was handed a plane ticket to wherever he wanted to go. He travelled to Miami Beach for a few months and was hired by a delicatessen, but Newsweek reports that the hotel he was staying at kicked him out because he wasn’t paying the rent.

With his father, Lionel, and stepmother, Shari, Dahmer then relocated back to Ohio. However, he was picked up for drunken and disorderly behaviour just two weeks later and given a suspended 10-day jail sentence as well as a $60 fine, according to Newsweek.

Dahmer moved in with his grandmother Catherine Dahmer in West Allis, Wisconsin, two months after returning home. He started taking blood from patients as a phlebotomist at the Milwaukee Blood Plasma Center. Ten months later, Dahmer was fired, and according to HITC, he started working in 1985 at the Milwaukee Ambrosia Chocolate Factory.

According to The New York Times, Dahmer told authorities in July 1991 that he “did not kill again until late 1984 or early 1985, when he ‘found the gay bars,'” adding that “fantasies of killing people that he had when he was 17 or 18 recurred after he left the Army and went to Milwaukee.”

According to Newsweek, he was detained a number of more times for lewd and lascivious behaviour, indecent exposure, and disruptive conduct.

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Did Dahmer Commit Any Murders When He Was A Soldier?

After his murders were made public in 1991, the military looked into five unsolved murder cases that had place during his time in the army. Additionally, according to The Cinemaholic and Military Times, German authorities investigated cases from Dahmer’s tenure there but were unable to establish any connections.

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