Mike Rowe was refreshingly humble when a fan asked him why he never served in the military.
In a Facebook post Monday, the 54-year-old host of “Dirty Jobs” said a woman wrote to him and told him she was “impressed by him” for many years, but she said that came to an end when she discovered he “never volunteered to serve in his country’s military.”
“Why is that?” she asked.
“I guess the honest answer is because I was selfish,” Rowe said. “Back in the early eighties, 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. In short, I was busy being twenty.” (RELATED: Mike Rowe Drops A Graduation Truth Bomb On Entitled Millennials)
“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.”
“Obviously, supporting our military is not the same as enlisting in it, and wearing their uniform on a TV show is a far cry from actual service,” he added. “But I’m afraid it’s all I can offer at this point in my misspent career.”
“If this has diminished me in your eyes, I certainly understand, but I’m afraid there’s not much I can do.”
“Along with my flat feet, I appear to be older than many Generals, and categorically unqualified to serve.” (RELATED: Mike Rowe Uses Simple Logic To Shut Up Critic Who Didn’t Like What He Said About Orlando)
He signed off with, “Semper Fi.”