why does a politician and the leader of a country who never served is also the head of the US armed forces and with so much power over it ?

i always found it odd, long before trump. why a person with absolutely no experience as a soldier or any real strategic knowledge except for video games has the ability to lead an army ?

being voted by the people into a political office is not the same as leading an army.



just to be clear,   its a question, not a debate.

7 Answers

  • .....
    Lv 4
    4 weeks ago

    Leaders organize. Those who have proven themselves in society to be able to organize and manage people well often become generals and colonels in armies because they are natural leaders to plan and organize well.

     Armies are more about organizing and thoughtfulness than wielding a sword or brandishing a weapon.

     However, President Trump also attended a military college in his youth.

  • 4 weeks ago

    The idea is that a leader surrounds himself or herself with knowledgeable advisers, each expert in their various fields, including certainly, military generals.

  • 1 month ago

    That's why the President has Generals and Admirals as advisers.



    Major, Squadron Commander, 42nd Bomb Wing, 2nd Air Force, Strategic Air Command (SAC), US Air Force, 1960-74

  • 1 month ago

    all these never served for a variety of reasons should they all be abused who care how old Obama was during Vietnam he still never served 

    John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Grover Cleveland, William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert C. Hoover,

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  • J M
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Smart leaders know when to rely on the expertise of others. You don't have to know everything, but you have to learn to judge the character of others and get expert advice when needed.

  • 1 month ago

    The Framers tried to create a system where the Commander-in-Chief would be somebody with enough common sense to delegate military matters to those who understood them—namely generals. 

    But with Trump that doesn't work. He thinks he knows more about war than our generals despite never having served. Trump even called former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "the most overrated general" in America for daring to question him.

    • marty
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Everything isnt about Trump. This person asked a legitimate question and asked for an honest answer without the hate.

  • marty
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    he President is at the top of the military chain of command because the Founding Fathers wanted overall civilian command of the military. The President, more or less, decides when and where to use the military, not necessarily how to use the military. The President doesn't draw up the lines of battle.

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