Military experience no longer the rule in Congress

As Congress debates whether to support President Obama’s plan for military action in Syria, consider this: Only one-fifth of the members of Congress have any military experience themselves, according to the Pew Research Center. The proportion of veterans serving as lawmakers, which was as high as 77 percent in 1977-78, is still far larger than in the overall population. Only 7 percent of Americans are veterans now, down from 13.7 percent in 1970. Two Kansans are among the 20 senators and 89 representatives who have served in the military: Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who was a Marine, and Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, who graduated from West Point and served as an Army cavalry officer. Pompeo supports U.S. action in Syria, while Roberts does not.