Eisenhower has reached the rank of "five-star general."

29 American presidents have served in the armed forces

  • As head of state, Joe Biden is the commander in chief of the armed forces of America.


  • Eisenhower directs soldiers during the World War.


  • Kennedy, Bush Jr., and Bush Sr.



President Joe Biden is the "commander in chief", now, and the US Constitution stipulates that "the president must be the supreme commander of the United States 'army and navy, and the various military states' organizations."

Since the National Security Act of 1947, this has been understood, too, to mean all of the armed forces of the United States.

However, the exact level of power the constitution actually gives the president has been a matter of debate, especially in recent years.

While Biden is considered the commander in chief of the armed forces, he has not, in fact, served in the military;

Nor are former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama.

The last "commander in chief" who served in the military was former President George W. Bush.

And while it was not necessary that the president had actually served in any branch of the military, the veteran warrior might have had a prominent place in the election.

According to a 2016 Pew Research Center survey, 50 percent of Americans preferred to vote for a candidate with military experience.

To date, 29 chiefs have served in the army.

The first President of the United States, George Washington, led the army to victory in the American Revolution against the British presence.

Washington was a true "military man" who also served in Virginia units during the war against the French.

As a young officer, at the time, he was forced to surrender to the French at Fort Nestle.

Later, Washington led the Virginia Regiment in the effort to seize French "Fort Duquesne".

Likewise, the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe, served as an army officer and reached the rank of major.

Monroe was severely wounded in the Battle of Trenton.

The only soldier

All 29 chiefs who had served in the Army were officers, except for James Buchanan, who served as a soldier in the 4th Division of Pennsylvania and participated in the defense of Baltimore during the War of 1812. Unlike Buchanan, dozens of chiefs were officers of various ranks.

Among them were Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison and Dwight Eisenhower, the only president to have reached the rank of "five-star general." .

It should be noted, however, that Grant was promoted to general in the army at the end of the Civil War.

At that time the rank was at "four stars," but when it was created again during World War II, it was "five stars."

Jackson led American forces to victory at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. That battle secured American control of the Mississippi River.

Seven future presidents served in the military during the American Civil War, in addition to former President Millard Fillmore, who commanded a corps of "home guards" in upstate New York and was made up of men over the age of 45 who were trained to defend the "Buffalo" area.

The unit conducted military exercises and ceremonial functions at marches and funerals for the soldiers killed in the battle.

Other wars

Presidents wore more uniforms in World War II than their predecessors did during the Civil War.

Future presidents such as Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush all served during the war.

As for other conflicts, he served Franklin Pierce during the Mexican-American War, while Abraham Lincoln was captain, in Illinois State Units, during the Black Hawk War.

Harry Truman was commander of artillery, during World War I.

Bush Sr. served in the Air National Guard, in Texas, during the Vietnam War.

Only one president was awarded the Medal of Honor, albeit after his death, and that is Theodore Roosevelt, who was famous for commanding the first volunteer cavalry of the United States, in the Battle of San Juan Hill, in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

And in 2001, more than 103 years after that war, President Bill Clinton presented the Medal of Honor to Tweed Roosevelt, President Roosevelt's grandson.


presidents wore a

military uniform in World War II more than their predecessors did during the

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Only one president has been awarded the Medal of Honor, albeit after his death, Theodore Roosevelt.

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