Today, far fewer members of Congress have direct military experience. In the current Congress, 20% of senators and 19% of representatives have served in the military at some point in their careers.
That’s a dramatic decrease since the late 20th century. Between 1965 and 1975, at least 70% of each legislative chamber had military experience. The share of members with military experience peaked at 75% in 1967 for the House and at 81% in 1975 for the Senate.
While relatively few members of Congress have military experience, an even smaller share of Americans do. In 2014, just 8% of U.S. adults had military experience; in 1980, 18% did.
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