Was Tough Guy Donald Trump a Draft Dodger?

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A Brief History

Presumptive Republican nominee for President, Donald Trump, has made a campaign out of tough talk, telling us how he would bully foreign countries into doing his bidding and how foreign leaders would cower before him, as opposed to his opponents and the current President whom he considers a “wimp.”

Digging Deeper

Trump trumpets (what else would he do?) his intention of making the US military stronger and the best in the world, apparently oblivious to the fact that the US military is already by far the strongest and best in the world, with a budget that eclipses all the other major military powers combined.

Trump campaigning in Laconia, New Hampshire, on July 16, 2015

Is Donald Trump really a patriot or a tough military hombre?  In a word, NO!  Although he attended a military prep school from 8th grade through 12th grade, he applied for and was granted a few deferments from the draft and then sought a medical deferment for “heel spurs,” although he does not currently remember which foot was affected!  (The problem seems to have magically disappeared once he was past draft status.)

Pampered rich kid Trump could easily have served during the Vietnam era, but chose not to, and avoided such service with a purpose.  Question for students (and subscribers): How does this history reconcile with his tough talk about throwing around military force with other people’s children (his kids did not serve in the military either)?  Is Donald Trump just another of a long line of paper tigers of the past several decades that aspire to lead our nation?  Please give us your opinion of Trump’s fitness for service as Commander-in-Chief of our military in the comments section below this article.

Senior yearbook photo of Trump in 1964 wearing the uniform of his private boarding school, New York Military Academy

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see also our article titled “2016 Presidential Candidates NOT Commander Material as well as the following books:

Schwartz, Tony and Donald J. Trump.  Trump: The Art of the Deal.  Ballantine Books, 2015.

Trump, Donald J.  Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again.  Threshold Editions, 2015.


About Author

Major Dan

Major Dan is a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He served during the Cold War and has traveled to many countries around the world. Prior to his military service, he graduated from Cleveland State University, having majored in sociology. Following his military service, he worked as a police officer eventually earning the rank of captain prior to his retirement.