Could a US President's spouse actively serve in the Marines?

This is for a storyline.

In the storyline, a US senator wins the 2020 US Presidential election, but her husband is serving as an active member of the US Marines.

Do you think it's possible for her husband to continue serving in the military and be deployed to places like Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria, while she served as President?

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  • Adam D
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    1 month ago
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    I doubt it.  Even as a Senator, the Marine spouse would be too much of a high-value target for the enemy.  He would likely be transferred back to a base on American soil.

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    • Adam D
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      1 month agoReport

      Depends how well-known the Senator is. If she was one who found herself in the public eye a lot, and it became known that her husband was deployed, he would definitely be a worthy target.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Legally, yes. But it would be very unlikely that they would stay in service.

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  • 1 month ago

    FDR had a son who was a marine officer in wwii.  

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    • skeptik
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      1 month agoReport

      Also, interestingly enough - three of FDR's four adult sons were military officers.  All serving in combat in WWII.  All decorated.
      The oldest, James, was that Marine Raider.
      The second-oldest, Elliot, was a combat pilot with 300 missions.
      The youngest, John Aspinwall, was a Navy Lieutenant.

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  • Squid
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    1 month ago

    In a crazy fantasy world, sure.  In the real world there's no way the secret service would let any member of the first family deploy in a combat zone.

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  • 1 month ago

    There is no law or regulation specifically prohibiting it.

    The would be the question of chain of command. The President is the Commander in Chief of the US military and it is generally not allowed for one spouse to serve under the other in the chain of command.

    As a practical matter, it would require waiving Secret Service protection.

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  • Lv 7
    1 month ago

    of course. President is just a job, like any other.

    historically, spouses have taken on various tasks, and hosted parties and such on behalf of their spouse, but it is not required of them.

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  • 1 month ago

    Not Today, Not Tomorrow. And lastly Not ever.

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  • 1 month ago

    Probably not.

    It's certainly conceivable that the spouse of an active-duty service member could win the Presidency.  But once that happened, that service member, as the spouse of the President, would receive Secret Service protection.

    Which is kind of hard to provide in a combat zone, you know?

    He could possibly remain on active duty, but would probably be moved to the Pentagon or something similar stateside.

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  • 1 month ago

    That's a good question.  But I don't think that would be possible.  At least traditionally.  Now there are politicians with military spouses or children.  A good example of this is John McCain.  Now the President family is protected by the Secret Service.  Being a militant would leave him highly exposed

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    One has nothing to do with the other.

    Why does the person being a US Senator matter?  This would be the same as any spouse.

    And what do you think the odds of a Senator's spouse being sent to a "war zone" would be?

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