Tom Selleck, best known for his roles at Magnum P.I. and currently, as Frank Reagan in Blue Bloods, is also a veteran of the US military. While attending USC on a basketball scholarship, Selleck received draft orders. To feel as though he had some control and choice in the matter, he joined the National Guard in the 160th Infantry Regimen. He entered into the National Guard in 1967, right in the middle of the Vietnam War.
Selleck served until 1973, and he later appeared on the recruiting posters for the California National Guard. After returning to civilian life, Selleck went back to Fox where he had a contract before being drafted. However, he soon after found himself without that contract. He worked here and there on shows that were never picked up, but Selleck wouldn’t get his big break until 1980, when he was offered the lead on a show called Magnum P.I. That was eleven years after his service in the National Guard ended.
His time in the military left a strong impression on Selleck, and he looks back on the time with fondness and pride. “I am a veteran, I’m proud of it.” He said of his time in service. “I was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, National Guard, Vietnam era. We’re all brothers and sisters in that sense.”
Selleck, of course, went on to earn his fame through his many television and movie roles. However, his pride and support of the US military had never wavered.