What did Claude Monet do before he started painting?

From 1861 to 1862 Monet served in the Military and was stationed in Algiers, Algeria , but he was discharged for health reasons. returning to Paris, Monet studied with Charles Gleyre. Through Gleyre, Monet met many other artists, including Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and Frederic Bazzille. The four of them became friends.