As of now, you are already aware that Jeffrey Dahmer was in the military from July 1979 to March 1981, in addition to being a serial killer. He spent three years working as an Army medic, establishing his career in the German Military.
Dahmer’s father, Lionel Dahmer, registered him at Ohio State University when he finished high school to have him specialize in business. He didn’t seem to care about college, though, and his performance in school was dismal. Dahmer dropped out of OSU after three months, even though his father had already paid for the second term.
Due to his worsening drinking problem and lack of a clear plan, Lionel suggested that he enlist. Dahmer graduated from Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, after enlisting in the military in January 1979. He was moved to Baumholder, West Germany, in July 1979. He served as a combat medic for the 2nd Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment of the 8th Infantry Division.
There, Jeffrey Dahmer worked up until his 1981 honorable discharge from the service. As per the story, Dahmer had been struggling with alcoholism before entering the military. His father had thought that his military service would help him in this attempt, but he was wrong. Dahmer’s deteriorating drinking habits severely impacted his performance.
As per the series, due to his alcohol abuse, he was kicked out of the military in March 1981, one year before the end of his three-year enlistment, by Chapter 9 of the Code of Military Justice. Although his intoxication disqualified him from military service, it was believed that his problems there wouldn’t affect his civilian life.
On March 24, 1981, he was transferred to Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He had a debriefing before receiving a ticket to anywhere he wanted to travel. Before moving back to Ohio to be with his family, he decided to travel to Miami Beach, Florida, where he resided for a few months.
After learning of Dahmer’s murders in 1991, the Army decided to look into his military record and see if he was involved in any unresolved cases from that period. In a similar vein, German police also looked at old cases from the time of Dahmer’s visit to see if any crimes there fit the pattern and possibly had something to do with him. They didn’t find anything.
As per the show, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, even though there were no unsolved deaths or disappearances that could be connected to Dahmer, it was later learned that he had sexually abused two men when he was in the Army. Preston Davis, 20, with whom he shared a medic unit within Germany, claimed that Dahmer drugged and sexually assaulted him.
He was thankful to be alive to tell the story despite his inability to recall specifics. After the incident, Preston was transferred to a different hospital, but the trauma persisted and had an effect on both his personal and professional lives.