Jason Everman: From a rock star to the Army Ranger and Green Beret

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Jason Everman: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Casualty Who Became a War Hero (Photo: NYT)

The path from the rock career to a respectable SOF operator was easy for Jason Everman. Tales of combat stories from a friend, a former Navy SEAL, inspired Jason Everman who was restless with his rock career and were in pursuit of new life challenges. The stories of brotherhood and combat experience triggered his decision to join the Rangers. He turned his back on “this world of cool,” as he said in the video. He felt “free.”


Jason Everman was born on October 16, 1967, at Ouzinkie (then-part of Kodiak), Alaska, United States. He was not an ordinary guy, instead of that, he was the man who was kicked out of two rock bands, Nirvana and Soundgarden.

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Former Nirvana guitarist Jason Everman, serving with the US Army Special Forces in Afghanistan (Photo: NYT)

In 1994, he traded his guitar for a rifle and enlisted in the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces as a part of the 2nd Ranger Battalion. He did his time and apparently come back for more in 2000 when he once again joined the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces and deployed to Iraq.

During his military career, he served as an Army Ranger and Green Beret.

Bachelor’s degree

During his second service, Jason Everman considered the completion of his bachelor’s degree as the final step toward achieving a well-rounded, wholeness in his life.

“Throughout my adult life, I have made the conscious effort to develop three aspects of who I am: the artist, the soldier, and the philosopher. I believe GS has been the ideal place to realize this development,” Everman said.

The military set him up for applying to Columbia University later. General Stanley A. McChrystal wrote a letter of recommendation for his application. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Columbia University School of General Studies on May 20, 2013.

While enrolled at Columbia GS, Everman, who was an active member of the U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University student organization, composed and recorded a song entitled, “Catch & Release,” for the soundtrack, “A Marine’s Guide to Fishing,” an award-winning short film starring an Iraq veteran. He also participated in the New York University Veterans Writing Workshop where he published two stories in the 2009 and 2010 anthologies entitled, “The Meantime,” and “Summation,” respectively.

Official military record: Jason Everman

Last Rank: Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch: Special Forces
Last Primary MOS: 18B-Special Forces Weapons Sergeant
Last MOS Group: Special Forces (Enlisted)
Primary Unit: 2001-2006, 18B, 3rd Special Forces Group Airborne
Previously Held MOS: 11B10-Infantryman
Service Years: 1994 – 2006
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates: Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom

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