Many Americans want to vote in a President who has military experience. Why? In addition to being the President, they are also the Commander in Chief. It basically means that they are in charge of the safety and security of the US and all of its citizens. If we’re going to declare war on a nation (or have it declared upon us), our Commander in Chief should have a military background.
Now, the past several presidents have not served in the military. This includes Biden, Trump, and Obama. The last president with a military background was George W. Bush.
Since we already know about Biden and Trump, we have to look at the next most-likely candidate: Ron DeSantis.
Some will tell you that DeSantis was a Navy SEAL. While it certainly sounds impressive, it is fake news. However, he did serve in the military – and he even worked closely with the SEALs during a deployment in Iraq back in 2007.
But let’s take a look at his true military background.
DeSantis was first commissioned as a Reserve Naval Officer in 2004. He was sent to the US Naval Reserve Center in Dallas, Texas.
While he was a law student, he was assigned to JAG (Judge Advocate General’s Corps).
After attending Harvard Law School and graduating with his JD in 2005, he also completed Naval Justice School.
From there, he entered the Navy as an officer. He received orders from the JAG Trial Service Office Command Southeast in Mayport, Florida to serve as a military prosecutor.
In 2006, he received a promotion to lieutenant. He worked for the Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Commander. It is believed that he worked with detainees and performed a variety of legal and mission support duties.
In 2007, he moved to Coronado, California and worked at the Naval Special Warfare Command.
Then, in 2008, DeSantis was assigned to the Naval Region Legal Service in Florida.
He spent five years in active duty status before he chose to leave for a career in politics.
DeSantis accepted a reserve commission as a lieutenant in the JAG of the Navy Reserve and worked there for a while, too.
He received quite a few service awards and decorations during his time in the Navy, too. This included a bronze star medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal, and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Five years in active duty plus a few years in the reserves certainly gives him more qualifications to be the Commander in Chief than any of the other candidates currently out there – and that includes both parties.
Will DeSantis be our next president? That depends if Trump decides to stay in the running through the GOP primaries.