I've expressed the same concern over military entitlement and how it makes my stomach churn. It's amazing how prevalent it is today, and it's not a healthy thing. Not for a democracy with a powerful military that is to be the servant of civilian masters. Whether it's obsession with military discounts, or wanting to be escorted to the front of the line at an airline terminal, it saddens me to see those in uniform expect to be treated special as if they somehow deserve to be. As if getting paid to do a job, and one they volunteered to do, isn't recognition enough from a grateful nation. Of course, it's not all their fault. The nonsense blasted into the airwaves by media and politicians when they want meat for their grinder is partially to blame. Whatever the reasons, public servants armed with the most lethal technology in human history should not feel themselves superior to the civilians who pay them and who trust them to defend them.
Lt Col Dave Duffy, a retired Special Forces officer and a business owner who offers military discounts, expressed concern much better than I could in his recent article in the Washington Post.
At the end of the day, I just regret that military-civilian relations are suffering, in part because of the attitude among some that civilians should have the military on a pedestal. Enough is enough.
He's right. Very right.