The observation gained a rapid reproach from the Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg; the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is a veteran and was deployed in 2014.
Buttigieg is not the only presidential candidate of 2020 with a significant military background. The Tulsi Gabbard representative from Hawaii, who is also running, joined the Hawaii National Guard in 2002 and volunteered to deploy in 2004, serving on two trips, including in Iraq.
Schultz had appeared on the radio show by conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt last Thursday, saying to the guest: "I probably spent more time in the last decade, certainly more than anyone else for president with the military". He cited a series of visits to military bases and friendships with retired immigrant William McRaven and retired general Stanley McChrystal.