...or so many threads seem to say / imply. Unfortunately they never seem to get very far before they descend into a pretty hostile debate about who is the biggest draft dodging scumbag, with Bush and Clinton being the usual suspects, but there are plenty of others. There was a thread started recently that seemed to imply that Prince Harry was considered to be a better monarch than...whoever...simply because he'd served 10 weeks in Afghanistan. I think that's probably bollocks, but other may agree with it. I've also read numerous other threads that seem to follow the same line: Military service develops team spirit, leadership, the ability to think through challenging problems, strength of character, courage under fire, an appreciation of foreign affairs and the value of diplomacy, etc. etc. Maybe this subject has been kicked to death already, but all I can find is Dems and Reps laying into each other about the record of particular individuals, rather than addressing the issue of whether a leader is 'improved' (draw your own conclusions about what that may mean) by having seen a few tours / been under fire. If anyone's got views on this I'd love to hear them.