Originally Posted by susan_cassidy
If you have no military experience, I doubt you will be successful in writing military SF.
If people only wrote about what they had direct experience with, a lot of good books wouldn't exist. Like anything else, you can learn about the military. People write stories set in the civil war without having comparable experience; being in today's military doesn't give anyone special insight into the military of the 1860s. I'm a veteran myself, but my personal experience gives me a worms-eye persective, and I don't think it would give me much of an advantage in writing about a future military.