ELVIS PRESLEY has become the subject of controversy once more. But this time it's an argument between the American State Department and the U.S. Army on the question of whether Elvis should be used as a weapon in the "cold war."

As the rock 'n' roll singer is so popular with teenagers behind the Iron Curtain, the State Department want to use him for propaganda broadcasts on Voice Of America, which is beamed to Eastern Europe.

But the Army authorities disagree. They say that Elvis should do military duties and nothing else. A decision is expected to be made by Defence Secretary McElroy soon.

Is Elvis Presley slipping? It took all of five weeks for his "I Got Stung" release to pass the million sale mark! His Army progress is good, too. He's got his first stripe and is now Private First Class.

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