Back in September, Donald Trump’s campaign released a letter signed by 88 retired military leaders endorsing his Presidential candidacy, including 4 four-star generals and 14 three-star flag officers, according to the campaign.
The group was organized by Major General Sidney Shachnow and Rear Admiral Charles Williams. They praised Trump and declared that,“the 2016 election affords the American people an urgently needed opportunity to make a long-overdue course correction in our national security posture and policy.”
Also included in the letter was General Burwell Bell, a retired four-star general who commanded U.S forces in Korea from 2006 until his retirement in 2008.
They wrote in the letter:
“As retired senior leaders of America’s military, we believe that such a change can only be made by someone who has not been deeply involved with, and substantially responsible for, the hollowing out of our military and the burgeoning threats facing our country around the world. For this reason, we support Donald Trump’s candidacy to be our next Commander-in-Chief.”
Now, a new poll by Military.com shows that a majority of America’s military troops are backing Donald Trump – with career-minded forces favoring him by a 3-to-1 margin over Hillary Clinton.
The recently released survey shows thatof the little more than 1,300 active-duty members of the National Guard and Reserves – 67 percent plan to vote for Trump, compared to the 21 percent who say they’ll vote for Hillary Clinton.
An Army Major answered why he is voting for Trump:
“I have a lot of reasons to vote for him, because I’ve been following him my whole career… but I really think he cares about us and cares about America. Plus, there are a lot of negatives on Hillary.”
And Trump had a strong majority across all branches of military service. A total of 17,149 respondents completed the survey.
A quick breakdown by branches showed that Trump has the support of:
74 percent of Marines and Marine Corps Reserve
68 percent of Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard
68 percent of Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard
62 percent of Navy and Navy Reserve
Trump has 63 percent of just active-duty respondents; 55 percent of active duty officers are counted and he has 63 percent of that group.
Among active duty officers only:
55 percent plan to support Trump.
29 percent intend to vote for Clinton.
Among female troops:
50 percent of active-duty, Guard and Reserve members said they’ll vote for Trump36 percent intend to vote for Clinton.
On Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy, one Armed Forces member noted:
“Clinton has a reputation for being a supporter of a very aggressive foreign policy, connected to the continuation of the current policy of the forced expansion of ‘Western-style democracy’ throughout the world, and for active intervention in the internal affairs of a host of countries and regimes which Washington finds undesirable.
This, of course, is fraught with the danger of the intensification of the use of the US armed forces abroad, and for new military conflicts.”
The military’s chief concern was the candidates’ foreign policies. This is an understandable concern given the malicious acts committed by the terrorist group, ISIS. These acts of terror are spreading throughout the world at a rapid pace.