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WATCH: Craig Morgan Enlists in U.S. Army Reserve On The Opry Stage

Craig Morgan: “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.”

Craig Morgan has been a military man much of his adult life – and this weekend, he rededicated himself to the U.S. Armed Forces.

Saturday night Morgan surprised the sold-out audience at the Grand Ole Opry House when he enlisted with the U.S. Army Reserve and was sworn in on stage during the live show.

“I’m excited to once again serve my country and be all I can be in hopes of encouraging others to be a part of something greater than ourselves,” Morgan said in a statement. “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.”

Morgan spent 17 years in the Army and Army Reserve with the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions as an E-6 Staff Sergeant and Fire Support Specialist. Airborne, Air Assault and Rappel Master are among his certifications.

Reenlisting makes the singer an active-duty soldier in the Army Reserve. He enters the ranks as a Staff Sergeant and Warrant Officer candidate but will also continue touring and releasing new music while simultaneously serving the United States.

“No matter who you are or where you’re from, service in the United States Army is a unique, life-changing honor,” said General Andrew Poppas, Commander, U.S. Army Forces Command, who officiated Morgan’s ceremony, in a statement. “Every Soldier who enters the Army has the opportunity to become the best version of themselves, and Staff Sgt. Morgan is no exception. I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes and how he impacts other Soldiers around the Army.”

Morgan will be assigned to Redstone Arsenal, AL. In his previous Army career, Morgan received the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal and the USO Merit Award, as well as a member of the U.S. Field Artillery Hall of Fame.

Fans saw Morgan’s aptitude for physical fitness and survival when he appeared in the reality show “Beyond The Edge” alongside Lauren Alaina and other celebrities, including Colton Underwood and Jodie Sweetin. The CBS series forced participants to live in brutal conditions in the Panamanian jungle. Morgan said his military experiences helped prepare him for the show.

With that in the rearview and his renewed commitment to the military in the foreground, Morgan still managed to revive his “God, Family, Country Tour 2023.” Starting in September, Morgan will launch the tour in the Northeast before heading south to Texas, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. 

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