Does military service give you words on military matters more weight? Does prior military service matter when talking about military matters? I'm medically unfit for military service because of extremely bad eyesight. But does my lack of military service mean that I can't speak about how the military needs to be used? I don't think it does. In fact, I think it's an excuse people use to try to denigrate people like myself when we take a stand the other side doesn't like. Wearing a uniform and packing a rifle through the mud doesn't make somebody an expert. It makes them a grunt. If they were experts they'd be officers. What it does, is give you an unparalleled knowledge about the misery of being in the field. But it doesn't impart any special knowledge on how you should be used. There have been many great leaders who have never spend a day in the military. President Roosevelt comes to mind. He was medically unfit and yet lead the Allies to victory. So what is it? Do you think that people with no service shouldn't say anything about the military? Or should they keep speaking out?