In a recent article, SOFREP discussed the low number of Global War on Terror era veterans found in modern movies and television shows, and the potential reasons why so few of our men and women in uniform go on to live in the spotlight like veterans of previous wars.  Among that short list of modern-day vets to make it in the acting world was Adam Driver, a U.S. Marine who was medically separated after three years of service, and just before he was slated to deploy with his unit to Iraq.

Before Driver would go on to don the dark uniform of Kylo Ren, he wore the desert tan of the United States Marine Corps.  Driver, a mortarman, earned his fair share of nicknames while serving, including the obligatory name-based ones like “Drive-By” as well as the classic appearance based ones.

“There was another guy in my unit with big ears, so I guess he was Ears One and I was Ears Two,” Driver said. “His last name was Martinez. He kind of got the majority of the verbal punishment.”

Driver would go on to seriously injure his sternum in an off-duty mountain biking accident, resulting in his separation from service just before his unit left for Iraq.  In interviews since then, Driver has repeatedly mentioned the guilt he has continued to feel for “failing” to complete his commitment to the Corps, and for watching his brothers in arms head into harm’s way while he recuperated at home.  He has also gone on to credit his time in uniform for his ability to withstand the emotional pressures of Hollywood.