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After training at Fort Hood, Elvis was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division in Friedberg, West Germany. He left Fort Hood on September 19, headed for Brooklyn Army Terminal in New York where he and his division would ship out to Germany on September 22. After a short press conference arranged by Parker, which also involved Elvis walking up and down the plank of the USS General George M. Randall eight times for cameras, the ship set sail and Elvis would spend the rest of his service overseas. During the crossing Elvis became a friend of a fellow soldier named Charlie Hodge. Hodge, who had enjoyed some success as an entertainer himself before being drafted, encouraged Elvis to help him put together a show for the troops. Elvis accepted his request, but only agreed to play piano in the background; Parker had drilled into him that there would be no public performances of any kind during his service. Hodge would become such a close friend to Elvis during their time in the army that he was invited to work for him when they were both discharged. On October 1 the General George M. Randall arrived in Germany and Elvis was once again offered the chance to join Special Services. Again he politely refused, and was instead given the task of driving the commanding officer of Company D, Captain Russell. Russell, however, didn't take to the attention surrounding Elvis, and he was transferred to driving duties for Reconnaissance Platoon Sergeant Ira Jones of Company C. Bad Nauheim Villa Grunewald Shortly after arriving in Germany, Elvis was allowed to live off base. He and his family moved into Hilberts Park Hotel in Bad Nauheim, but within three weeks they had moved to the more elegant Hotel Grunewald. Parker wrote on a nearly daily basis to Elvis about how things were going back home. He had acquired deals with RCA and 20th Century-Fox to make sure Elvis's return to public life would go as smoothly as possible. RCA agreed to release an album of Elvis's press conference the day he left for Germany; titled Elvis Sails, the album would pay Elvis $0.22 per sale in royalties, guaranteed up to at least 100,000 copies. 20th Century-Fox had agreed upon a $200,000 fee for one Elvis film, with options on a second for $250,000 and a 50/50 split on profits. Paramount, too, had signed deals to produce a number of new Elvis films after his release; what would eventually become G.I. Blues was agreed upon for $175,000 and a three-picture option was also included. Parker also reassured his client about the press coverage he was receiving while overseas. News outlets were reporting regularly on stories, mostly released by Parker himself, about plans for Elvis's return to entertainment. Stories of wild parties in Elvis's hotel room were also making it into the papers regularly, and Parker was forced to hold a press conference to dispel these rumors. For Elvis, however, being away in Germany was not all happy times. He would often write home to friends and family about how homesick he was, how desperately he missed his mother, and of how his fears about his career still clouded his mind. Introduced to amphetamines by a sergeant while on maneuvers, he became "practically evangelical about their benefits"—not only for energy, but for "strength" and weight loss, as well—and many of his friends in the outfit joined him in indulging. The Army also introduced Elvis to karate, which he studied seriously, later including it in his live performances. Fellow soldiers have attested to Elvis's wish to be seen as an able, ordinary soldier, despite his fame, and to his generosity while in the service. He donated his Army pay to charity, purchased TV sets for the base, and bought an extra set of fatigues for everyone in his outfit.