Our Post WWII Presidents as young men Harry S Truman Captain US Army battery commander in an artillery regiment in France Dwight D. Eisenhower West Point middle of his class in 1915 Training tank crews for WWI His efforts to gain an overseas assignment were not realized John F. Kennedy As a Commander of PT Boats in WWII he received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his actions in saving his crew after being rammed by a Japanese destroyer Amagiri Lyndon B Johnson For nine months, from 1928 to 1929, Johnson paused his studies to teach Mexican-American children at the segregated Welhausen School in Cotulla, The job helped him save money to complete his education, and he graduated in 1930. He then taught in Pearsall High School in Pearsall, Texas, and afterwards took a position as teacher of public speaking at Sam Houston High School in Houston. Richard Nixon Nixon not only kept his scholarship but was elected president of the Duke Bar Association graduated third in his class in June 1937admitted to the bar in 1937 reached the rank of lieutenant commander in the US NAVY mostly in Naval Air Transport. Spiro Agnew drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941 and was commissioned an officer on May 25, 1942, upon graduation from Army Officer Candidate School He served with the 10th Armored Division in Europe during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in France and Germany Gerald Ford At the start of WWII was assigned as an instructor at the Navy Preflight School at Chapel Hill. Raising to the rank of Lieutenant and taught elementary navigation skills, ordnance, gunnery, first aid and military drill. Then serves aboard the Carrier USS Monterey (CVL-26), in the Pacific from 1943 to Dec 1944 he earned nine engagement stars for operations in the Gilbert Islands, Bismarck Archipelago, Marshall Islands, Asiatic and Pacific carrier raids, Hollandia, Marianas, Western Carolines, Western New Guinea, and the Leyte Operation Jimmy Carter US NAVY from 1943 to 1953 Serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific Submarine service and later worked with the beginings of the nuclear submarine program run by then Captain Hyman G. Rickover. Ronald Reagan After completing fourteen home-study Army Extension Courses, Reagan enlisted in the Army Enlisted Reserve on April 29, 1937, as a private assigned to Troop B, 322nd Cavalry at Des Moines, Iowa. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps of the cavalry on May 25, 1937. During WWII he spent almost four years of World War II stateside service with the 1st Motion Picture Unit in December 1945, Granted not combat but still a big part of the war effort. George H. W. Bush Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Bush decided to join the US. Navy, so after graduating from Phillips Academy in 1942, he became a naval aviator at the age of 18 assigned to Torpedo Squadron (VT-51) as the photographic officer in September 1943 Shot down once rescued by the Submarine Finback. Serving through 1944, he flew 58 combat missions for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals, then back to the States as a training officer for torpedo pilots Bill Clinton he used the political influence of a U.S. Senator, who employed him as an aide to avoid the draft a little weed in college. George W. Bush Texas and Alabama National Guard 1968 through 1973 Flying F-102's Was a bit of a party boy in College Barack Obama used alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine during his teenage years bounced from one college to the next finally working as various types of community organizer (what ever that is) Seams to me like things are headed in a bad direction.