None other than the fish wrap of choice, The New York Times informs us that in interviews for an upcoming biography, Donald Trump told author Michael D’Antonio that because his parents shipped him off to a military boarding school, he “always felt that he was in the military.” And really, who would know better than Donald Trump what being in the pretend military is like? Mr. Trump said that his experience at the New York Military Academy, an expensive prep school where his parents had sent him to correct poor behavior, gave him “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military.”
Trump attended the military school from eighth grade through high school, starting in 1959. His parents sent him there after he’d gotten into too much trouble at his previous boarding school, where, he gave a teacher a black eye “because I didn’t think he knew anything about music.” You don’t go around disagreeing with little Donald.
At New York Military Academy, Trump got a real sense of what the military is all about:
"He wore a uniform, participated in marching drills and was expected to conform to a hierarchy imposed by instructors, some of whom had served in the military.
Despite sitting out Vietnam because of deferments followed by a high draft lottery number of 356 out of 366, Mr. Trump said that he endured the rigors of real military life.
“My number was so incredible and it was a very high draft number. Anyway so I never had to do that, but I felt that I was in the military in the true sense because I dealt with those people,” he told Mr. D’Antonio."
We also learn that Trump sat down with the author for six hours of interviews for the bio, but abruptly terminated his cooperation “after Mr. Trump learned that Mr. D’Antonio had spoken with a longtime Trump enemy”, which hardly narrows down the field of people that could have been. If consistency counts for anything, we at least learn that even in his youth, Trump was already working hard at being an asshole:
"Mr. Trump’s preoccupation with winning — at anything and everything, big or small — dominated his youth. His mentor at the New York Military Academy, Theodore Dobias, called Mr. Trump “a conniver, even then.”Now we finally know why Donald Trump never cared much for war guys who got captured: When he was in the military, he never got captured, so why should he think all that much of guys who were? Now, you might think that Donald Trump, who got a bunch of draft deferments has never been in the military. But he feels like he’s military, because his parents sent him to military school, so shut up already.