i was wondering if voters even noticed whether or not a presidential candidate has military experience. does a candidates' military service, or lackthereof, play any part in your decision for support and/ or potential vote?
personally, it does for me. before sending troops into harm's way, i want that person to understand the effects and ramifications of such actions. without wearing the uniform, i don't think a potential commander-in-chief can fully grasp this. at the same time, i would not disqualify a candidate because of lack of service.
nonetheless, considering the use of the draft and recent wars/ military action, i imagine military service among the contenders will be tougher to come by in the future.