Before Jimi Hendrix introduced himself to the world as the greatest guitarist in music history, Hendrix enlisted with the 101st Airborne Division as an alternative to serving prison time for riding in stolen cars. Discharged in May of 1962 for "behavioral problems", Hendrix was reportedly caught masturbating in platoon areas and required excessive supervision.

These photographs curated by Stephen O'Connor provide a rare look at Jimi Hendrix during his time in the service. Hit the thumbs for a detailed look at a then 19-year-old Jimi Hendrix serving in the US Army. [Retronaut]