US Presidents who Served the Military

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Know the former US Presidents who served the military.

Our president automatically becomes the Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces. However, did you known that a lot of our previous presidents have served the military? Although it is not a requirement before you run for presidency, it is still good to know that there are some who understands what our military units need to go through as they were able to experience it firsthand!

32 US Presidents who Served the Military

Let’s outline their military service before they have acquired the highest position.

George W. Bush

Service: Texas Air National Guard

Rank: First Lieutenant

US Presidents who Served the Military

George H. W. Bush

Service: United States Naval Reserve

Rank: Lieutenant (Junior Grade)

US Presidents who Served the Military

Ronald Reagan

Service: United States Army Reserve, United States Army Air Corps

Rank: Captain

US Presidents who Served the Military

Jimmy Carter

Service: United States Navy

Rank: Lieutenant

US Presidents who Served the Military

Gerald Ford

Service: United States Naval Reserve

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

US Presidents who Served the Military

Richard Nixon

Service: United States Naval Reserve

Rank: Commander

US Presidents who Served the Military

Lyndon B. Johnson

Service: United States Naval Reserve

Rank: Commander

US Presidents who Served the Military

John F. Kennedy

Service: United States Naval Reserve

Rank: Lieutenant

US Presidents who Served the Military

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Service: United States Army

Rank: General of the Army

US Presidents who Served the Military

Harry S. Truman

Service: Missouri Army National Guard, United States Army, United States Army Reserve

Rank: Colonel

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William Howard Taft

Service: Connecticut Home Guard

Rank: None

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Theodore Roosevelt

Service: United States Army

Rank: Colonel

US Presidents who Served the Military

William McKinley

Service: United States Army

Rank: Brevet Major

US Presidents who Served the Military

Benjamin Harrison

Service: United States Army

Rank: Brigadier General

US Presidents who Served the Military

Chester A. Arthur

Service: New York State Militia

Rank: Brigadier General

US Presidents who Served the Military

James Garfield

Service: United States Army

Rank: Major General

US Presidents who Served the Military

Rutherford B. Hayes

Service: United States Army

Rank: Major General

US Presidents who Served the Military

Ulysses S. Grant

Service: United States Army

Rank: General of the Army

US Presidents who Served the Military

Andrew Johnson

Service: United States Army

Rank: Brigadier General

US Presidents who Served the Military

Abraham Lincoln

Service: Illinois State Militia

Rank: Captain

US Presidents who Served the Military

James Buchanan

Service: Pennsylvania State Militia

Rank: Private

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Franklin Pierce

Service: United States Army

Rank: Brigadier General

US Presidents who Served the Military

Millard Fillmore

Service: New York State Militia

Rank: Major

US Presidents who Served the Military

Zachary Taylor

Service: United States Army

Rank: Major General

US Presidents who Served the Military

James K. Polk

Service: Tennessee State Militia

Rank: Colonel

US Presidents who Served the Military

John Tyler

Service: Virginia militia

Rank: Captain

US Presidents who Served the Military

William Henry Harrison

Service: United States Army

Rank: Major General

US Presidents who Served the Military

Andrew Jackson

Service: Tennessee State Militia, Continental Army, United States Army

Rank: Major General

US Presidents who Served the Military

James Monroe

Service: Continental Army

Rank: Major

US Presidents who Served the Military

James Madison

Service: Virginia militia

Rank: Colonel

US Presidents who Served the Military

Thomas Jefferson

Service: Virginia militia

Rank: Colonel

US Presidents who Served the Military

George Washington

Service: Virginia militia,Virginia Regiment,Continental Army,United States Army

Rank: General of Armies

US Presidents who Served the Military

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