Military Service of the Presidents
*Highest rank held by presidents in uniformed service.

George Washington General and Commander in Chief, Continental Army
1775-1783
 
Thomas Jefferson Colonel, Virginia Militia
1770-1779
 
James Madison Colonel, Virginia Militia
1775-1781
 
James Monroe Major, Continental Army
1775-1778
 
Andrew Jackson Major General, U.S. Army
1814-1821
 
William Henry Harrison Major General, Kentucky Militia
1812-1814
 
John Tyler Captain, Virginia Militia
1812
 
James K. Polk Colonel, Tennessee Militia
1821
 
Zachary Taylor Major General, U.S. Army
1805-1815, 1816-1849
 
Millard Fillmore Major, Union Continentals (home guard)
1861
 
Franklin Pierce Brigadier General, New Hampshire Militia
1846-1848
 
James Buchanan Private, Pennsylvania Militia
1814
 
Abraham Lincoln Captain, Illinois Militia
1832
 
Andrew Johnson Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1862-1865
 
Ulysses S. Grant General, U.S. Army
1866-1869
 
Rutherford B. Hayes Major General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1861-1865
 
James A. Garfield Major General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1861-1863
 
Chester A. Arthur Brigadier General, New York Militia
1858-1863
 
Benjamin Harrison Brevet Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1862-1865
 
William McKinley Brevet Major, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1861-1865
 
Theodore Roosevelt Colonel, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1898
 
Harry S. Truman Colonel, Army Officer Reserve Corps
1919-1945
 
Dwight D. Eisenhower General of the Army, U.S. Army
1915-1948, 1951-1952
 
John F. Kennedy Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve
1941-1945
 
Lyndon B. Johnson Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
1940-1964
 
Richard M. Nixon Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
1942-1966
 
Gerald R. Ford, Jr Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
1942-1946
 
Jimmy Carter Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
1946-1953
 
Ronald Reagan Captain, U.S. Army
1942-1945
 
George Bush Lieutenant (junior grade), U.S. Navy
1942-1945
 
George W. Bush First Lieutenant, Texas Air National Guard
1968-1973


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