While the military is composed of a smaller segment of the American population than any other time in history, so too, within the ranks of Obama's top Decision Makers, the percentage of those with military service is decreasing. In the first term, 12 percent of top officials surveyed by National Journal had reported military experience. Now, that figure is 9 percent. It is much more likely for a top official to have spent time lobbying (13 percent), or have worked on the hill (29 percent).
Brian Resnick is a former staff correspondent at National Journal and a former producer of The Atlantic's National channel.
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