I think what you say is mostly true. And most my problem is with civilian leadership and those who seek to excuse wrong behavior. But I would agree that most of those in the military are as you describe. But I also think that is why they should be most dedicated to seeing the standard up held, as those who break it poorly reflect on all the others. This isn't fair, but largely true of all groups. I also have a problem with the soldier paying the price for the error of the leadership. That has happened far too often IMHO.Didn't mean to suggest that.
True. But it is in the military where people are held most accountable. Long after the sentence of a Court Martial is carried out, a civilian will still be sitting in court trials and holding interviews with reporters. The sensitivity comes into play when civilians seek to hold the military at a standard they flee from. Or being dragged about in the media, until found not guilty and forgotten. The Haditha Marines were found not guilty by courts in California. Most Americans have no idea of this other than what happened at Haditha. The media made sure of that. We don't like the media because ever since Vietnam it seeks an angle that neither supports the troop nor the mission. Today's PC world has people stating "Support the Troop, but not the mission." This is the media and politician's way of being able to continue unfairly and unjustly criticizing and judging. It's unccountable civilans that protest at the funerals of our troops. It unaccountable civilians that burn Qu'rans in Florida.
And look at Hollywood. Where are the Audy Murphy's or Jimmy Stewarts? Where are the war movies that show the hard work of a war effort without the tone of sympathy and politics? Without making us all look like victims of corporation and corrupt government? From Vietnam on, our society has been fractured between military and civilian. Oliver Stone themed his Vietnam movies around unproffessional behavior and murder in villages. And what would Rambo be if he wasn't shooting up an American town over his PTSD? And who could forget John Travolta investigating the rape of a fellow soldier in The General's Daughter during a training exercise by unproffessional monsters in uniform? Could you see John Wayne, Henry Fonda or Gary Cooper in these films portraying our troops and their themes? You would be hard pressed to find a veteran anywhere in Hollywood anymore. The same can be stated about our politicians, who send off to commit legal murder and then dare to demand perfection and credit for "resorting to the last option" or deciding against military advice on what to do.
So, military members may be too sensitive at times, but there is also a lot of misunderstanding going on from the civilian world that jump to judge and criticize what they simply don't know. Killing a civilian is an absolute no-no. It's black and white to a civilian as he listens to his favorite reporter give his opinions on the matter. But to many members of the military (not all), we understand the grey in these situations as we watch civilians around the world, to include our own Americans, assign guilt. Even a mass murderer in the civilian world is afforded the term "alleged" by reporters. But a soldier or Marine? Never. I would state that most of the military don't want praise. We just want to be left alone to do our jobs without a civilian somewhere flipping to the wrong channel and making a judgment about an act of combat he will never understand and then demanding justice. And it can't be taught. I've tried.
But there are things some of my kind don't understand and will not until experienced. I grew up a Marine's son. I've been in the maerine Corps for 20 years and retiring this summer. I have absolutely no idea what it is going to be like to be a civilian. Though my wife out in Colorado (kelzie) assures me, I am worried about it. I just don't see normal things in life the same way as others. But I'm supposed to be productive in this world? You couldn't explain what it is like to me because I have no base in which to fall to in order to appreciate your value perspectives.
Of course. But you won't find a deeper held core of values than in the military where Non-Judicial Punishments and Page 11s and Counseling Sheets are handed out for discipline problems by the Chain of Command. Court Martials are quick and speedy. Justice is very swift in the military in order to uphold those codes of conduct. You will not find swift justice in the civilian sector, even though you have the right to a "speedy trial" once lawyers and reporters get involved. Of course, after military investigations we know what all went down and we don't have a lot of loop holes and outs for the guilty once the Court Martial begins. What would pass as "not really his fault" doesn't fly in the military where accountability actually matters.