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rower14 October 15th, 2013 12:27am

To be president of the United States (Commander and Chief) should that said person have to have a prior military service?

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kspells TheOtherOtherside
10/14/13 10:15 pm

I think that POW thing really did some damage to Mc Cain. I knew he wouldn't win. But I would of been worried about it if he had.

pietsch Another Adoring Fan
10/14/13 9:51 pm

Well, it'd be less embarrassing if he had some sort if background besides community organizer. COMMUNITY ORGANIZER!?! Ha ha ha ha ha!

10/14/13 8:19 pm

Yes OR the president stops being the CiC. I think the executive should be two people anyway.

bkcrt California
10/14/13 8:18 pm

It would be preferred, but not required.

EarlyBird Portland
10/14/13 8:12 pm

Preferred, yes. Required, no.

MisterE Conservistan
10/14/13 7:53 pm

I do think people should consider military experience as very positive factor when it comes to picking their candidate.

Liberty 4,032,064
10/14/13 7:26 pm

No. The entire point is for it to be a civilian, which is to discourage warmongering.

MisterE Conservistan
10/14/13 7:45 pm

Our first president was a retired general.

Liberty 4,032,064
10/14/13 7:51 pm

Yes, but not an active part of the military.

MisterE Conservistan
10/14/13 7:55 pm

This condition would not require the president to be active duty.

Liberty 4,032,064
10/14/13 7:58 pm

I'm aware. But, it remains that the point is to maintain civilian control over the military, and to avoid having military influence in government.

10/14/13 8:20 pm

Hahahahahahahahaaha and how has this worked out so far?

MisterE Conservistan
10/14/13 8:22 pm

Who was the last president that led men into combat?

elianastar FreeSpeech
10/14/13 7:19 pm

No. But POTUS damn well better be capable of demonstrating RESPECT, SUPPORT, & HONOR to those currently serving, those who have served, & for the institution as a whole. I've never served but I'm from a family in which many have. I could do this!

elianastar FreeSpeech
10/14/13 7:22 pm

There is a reason POTUS has military advisors to educate & inform & counsel the Commander in Chief. First hand experience an asset, but not a requirement to perform duty as CC.

Ghostreconss mars
10/14/13 7:16 pm

Have to? No that's just ridiculous.

10/14/13 6:24 pm

I think it would help in decision making as far as our military goes. I have never served (thank God for those that do!) so asking me to make a decision concerning troops in the Middle East would be asinine. ask someone who has had THEIR boots there

10/14/13 6:55 pm

Thank you for the correction.