On Monday, actor and television host Mike Rowe responded to a question from one of his former fans asking why he never decided to join the military. Similar to hundreds of millions of Americans, Mike Rowe never served in the military. When asked why he has never served, Mike Rowe gives a brutally honest answer.
“I guess the honest answer is because I was selfish,” Mike Rowe said in a Facebook response to the woman who asked him the question. Mike Rowe explained that at the time when he could have served in the military, he was young. “Back in the early 80s, I put myself before my country, and pretty much everything else.”
“I respected the military, but to be honest, I didn’t fully appreciate their impact on the many freedoms I took for granted,” he said, similar to many Americans across the country. “In short, I was busy being 20.”
“That’s why I’m blown away by the character of the young men and women who choose to wear a uniform today. I do what I can to support these people, and I acknowledge their extraordinary service whenever and wherever possible,” Rowe said.
Rowe explained that in hindsight, he might have done things differently.