Why did Jeffrey Dahmer leave the army – was he kicked out?

DAHMER: Monsters – The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer on Netflix brings the true story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers to the small screen.

Former economics student and Army veteran Jeffrey Dahmer killed and dismembered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991 at his Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home, the home of his family and grandmother. His later murders also included necrophilia and cannibalism, as well as the preservation of body parts.

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A photo of Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer in the courtroom after he murdered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. The serial killer served in the US Army for two years between 1979 and 1981.
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He committed his first murder in June 1978, three weeks after graduating, when he killed hitchhiker Steven Mark Hicks, 18, at his family’s home under the guise of drinking together.

Just six weeks after Hicks’ murder, Dahmer enrolled at Ohio State University (OSU) with a major in business administration. He dropped out after the first term and enlisted in the US Army in January 1979, but left just over two years later.

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Why did Dahmer leave the army? Was he kicked out?

Jeffrey Dahmer was honorably discharged from the Army in 1981, meaning he was officially discharged after a period of honest and faithful service.

On March 24, Dahmer was sent to Fort Jackson, South Carolina and given a plane ticket to travel anywhere in the United States

He was fired because of his alcohol abuse, which negatively impacted his military performance, they said The New York Times.

Dahmer also reportedly told police he was discharged under Chapter 9 of the Code of Military Justice, a section covering drug or alcohol use by military personnel.

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Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer in Monsters: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix. The serial killer was discharged from the US Army for his alcohol abuse.
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During his brief tenure in the Army, Dahmer completed residency training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

In July 1979 he was posted to Baumholder, West Germany, where he served as a medic in 2nd Battalion, 68th Panzer Regiment, 8th Infantry Division until his discharge.

After his discharge, Dahmer traveled to Miami Beach, Florida and found a job at a deli, but he was soon evicted from the motel he was staying at after failing to pay the rent. Dahmer returned to Ohio in September 1981, six months after his discharge from the Army.

He moved in with his father Lionel and stepmother Shari, but just two weeks after his return he was arrested for drunkenness and disorderly conduct. He was fined $60 and given a 10-day conditional sentence.

After two months at home, Dahmer was sent to live with his grandmother in West Allis, Wisconsin in hopes that he would get his life back on track.

Things briefly looked good for Dahmer while he worked as a phlebotomist at the Milwaukee Blood Plasma Center before being released after 10 months.

Dahmer was then arrested on numerous occasions for indecent exposure, lewd and lascivious conduct, and disorderly conduct, and he murdered Steven Tuomi, 25, on November 20, 1987 at the Ambassador Hotel in Milwaukee.

Dahmer would commit 15 more murders by the time of his arrest on July 22, 1991.

Since Dahmer’s crimes came to light in the early 1990s, two soldiers have claimed that Dahmer raped him while he was serving in the army.

As the British newspaper reports the independent, Billy Joe Capshaw said Dahmer raped him over a 17-month period while stationed at Baumholder. He even told army officials who gave him a rape test kit, but the results were reportedly discarded.

A second man, Preston Davis, said Dahmer drugged and raped him in an armored personnel carrier in 1979.

Dahmer was killed on November 28, 1994 at the age of 34 by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver, so these allegations were never brought to the attention of the serial killer.

All 10 episodes of DAHMER – Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer stream on Netflix.

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