Comparing military records of prominent politicians and pundits.
Some of the Republicans are shown here. The full list, including Democrats (many of whom had distinguished service records), is at the link above.
- George W. Bush: failed to complete his six-year National Guard; got assigned to Alabama so he could campaign for family friend running for U.S. Senate; failed to show up for required medical exam, disappeared from duty.
- Dick Cheney: did not serve. Several deferments, the last by marriage.
- Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy (1954-57) as flight instructor.
- Dennis Hastert: did not serve.
- Tom Delay: did not serve.
- Mitch McConnell: did not serve.
- Rick Santorum: did not serve.
- Trent Lott: did not serve.
- Phil Gramm: did not serve.
- John McCain: Vietnam POW, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.
- Sean Hannity: did not serve.
- Rush Limbaugh: did not serve (4-F with a 'pilonidal cyst.')
- Bill O'Reilly: did not serve.