Posted on Nov 2, 2014
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I have felt strongly about the Commander in Chief being a position that requires military service...but what about the Vice, Speaker of the House, and even our Senators...where do we draw the line? I certainly think the Secretary of the Defense, and even some ambassadors should have military service. If we are reliant on non-military politicians to make decisions that place our lives on the line, doesn't it make sense we ask they have prior service before serving? I jokingly say this, but if Senators and Representatives had to go on the front line of battle, we would have a lot less wars. What do you think? Should formal military service be required for the top 10 positions in the chain of command for succession to President?
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SSG....if not required to serve, I would say at least have a tie to the service (wife, husband, brother, son, etc)...so that they at least have a better understanding of what we go through.
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SSG(P) (Join to see), while it would be great if politicians had military service in their background, I think that a requirement to serve is unrealistic. We can "vote up" (vote for) candidates who do have military service and send our own "little" message from veterans.

I agree that things would be different - from wars to compensation, budgets, etc. - if politicians were required to serve in the military before holding federal office (House/Senate, I mean).
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SSG Roger Ayscue
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NO person that is not a veteran should be allowed to hold a public office that can make the decision to deploy US Troops....NO ONE that has not had the balls to wear the uniform should be able to deploy those that do.
I believe that being an HONORABLY Discharged or RETIRED Veteran should be a prerequisite for Federal Office at all levels.
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