Captain Ronald Reagan, United States Army, spent World War 2 making training films for the United States Army Air Corps. Reagan had been an officer in the Army Reserve since 1937. His bad eyesight qualified him for stateside duty only, and the Army put his skills as an actor to good use. Over 16 million men and women served in the US Armed Forces during the War, and training films were an essential technique in training huge numbers of civilians quickly. Reagan would joke about his military service in later years, but he did the work assigned to him and did it well, and the Army can ask nothing more from any of its troops.