29 American presidents who served in the military
• The president is considered the commander-in-chief of the US military.
• A total of 29 US presidents have served in the American military in some capacity.• The last president to see combat was George H. W. Bush.
Serving in the military isn't a prerequisite for becoming president. Nonetheless, out of the 44 presidents of the United States, 29 had some military experience in their background, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs . This seems fitting, given that the president is the commander-in-chief of America's military.
And, while observers have pointed out that US President Donald Trump has a fondness for military trappings and parades - even sparking anger by referring to his staff as "my generals," Business Insider's Mark Abadi reported - the medical deferment that kept him out of the Vietnam War is a source of controversy.
These are the presidents who served in the armed forces in some capacity, from the modern day to the American Revolution: