Being President of the United States comes with exceptional powers and responsibilities. These include being Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces. For this reason, during presidential elections, considerable attention has traditionally been given to candidates’ history of military service. Most residents of the White House could claim to have served in a branch of the military, and some even had a remarkable wartime record.
During the early history of the United States whether someone had served in the military became an issue likely in part because of George Washington. The first President had not only been a soldier, but during the Revolutionary War had also been chosen to be the commander of the Continental Army. He also previously fought for the British side in the French and Indian War, distinguishing himself with his bravery and organizational skills. One time he had two horses shot from underneath him, and his hat and jacket were both pierced by bullets. But he also experienced his share of failure, as one time he was forced to surrender to the French and their allies, and he also played an active role in the British defeat at the Monongahela.
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