When I was in the military, I did my six years. I did three deployments, two of them were combat deployments. I made it to the rank of E-5. With that being said, I hated the military and how it does business. Our commanding officers were largely ass kissing opportunists who would willingly kill the men in their commands for no other reason than to get promoted.
I hated the military system. I once had to move an electric motor, and it weighed quite a bit. The padeye on the overhead had a label on it saying that its working limit was 1200 pounds. The motor and its lifting rig weighed 1700 pounds. I pointed out that we would have to get a new padeye installed to do the work. Instead, the officer in charge had the label plate replaced to read 1800 pounds. He ordered me to do the move anyway, and when the rig fell apart one of my guys lost three fingers on his left hand. That’s the kind of shit I saw officers do. They give orders, but enlisted and junior NCOs pay the bill. I can count the number of officers that I actually respected on the fingers of that guy’s hand.
I had a lieutenant once tell me that he could order me to do whatever he wanted, and I would have to obey, because as far as I was concerned, he was god. The guy was a real dick.
I could tell you a hundred stories, but let’s just say that I have no love for officers. They often throw around their authority like only immature idiots can do when given some real power, taking every opportunity to abuse that power because they can. So hearing that a bunch of them are getting fucked over by the military reinterpreting regulations to their own advantage made me laugh.