There is the establishment military and there are those that serve in the military. They are in fact separate from one another.
The formal military establishment is indeed an industrial complex and it is a sector that overlaps many other sectors. To rise up in rank in this system you must reflect the most light of those that write your fitness reports. Behavior, beliefs, appearance, intelligence, deviousness, and political savvy are all considered for the fitness report.
The formal military establishment is a vetting system. It is used to test the loyalty and value an individual has to the system. The rank or rate you attain in the military will reflect how you are rewarded in the civilian world upon retirement. And with companies like Walmart making such a big deal out of their hiring of retired military it is demonstrating how in the not to distant future, as jobs become even more scarce, how a military background will give people an unfair advantage.
As the marketing, advertising, and propaganda is spewed with regards to the nature of military employees so much is left out of the information. They talk of leadership skills. The military has much to do with leadership as Twinkies have to do with health. The military is about following orders, looking the same, and not standing up for your beliefs. Uniformity, submissiveness, and like mindedness are rewarded.
It is in fact a distillation process to concentrate a group of people that promote military industrial goals as their first loyalty even before country.
Those that serve, are all volunteers, and most are used only to legitimize the military and its fraud. Making the military an exclusive club is a very dangerous thing. Elevating those that serve in the military compounds that danger.
As an institution of this country I believe everyone should serve in the military in some capacity. I also advocate for a national disaster response corps that is trained to assist during disasters. Much like during the depression in the 1930s the government put people to work all over this country. Nobody was looking for a handout then, any more than the people now want a hand out. But the people that worked got paid, that money was sent home, those people used the money to help their neighborhood, and an end was seen to the crash that criminals on Wall Street committed. The similarities are staggering.
Now back to the military. What this incredibly gullible country is guilty of is amnesia and a lack of perspective. There are no correlations between Vietnam, this Iraq war, and any of another military offences we have taken on as they compare to WWII or the Civil War, other than military incompetence.
A war of necessity is one thing. A war of choice something all together different and inherently evil. Wars of choice, based on lies, and executed incompetently are nothing more than propaganda and profit campaigns. They are used to make money for munition and materiel contractors and to promote and legitimize the existence of a huge military.
During WWII the entire country was involved in the war to defeat fascism and its supporters. Battles were fought by civilians that volunteered or were drafted to serve. We knew what we were together as a country fighting for and we all shared in the costs. Now we fight to defeat theories eg the Domino Theory and we go to war based on lies, the Tonkin Gulf incident and WMDs. Rather than bringing the country the only goal these wars succeeded in was to divide the country.
And what a gamble the military made. They wagered that they could earn enough value from the honor and deaths of our fallen brothers and sisters to legitimize their fraud, before they destroyed the very services they represent. Rather than galvanizing a country, against them, by drafting people, they bet that before their incompetence caught up to them, they could be solidly entrenched as the defenders of the republic.
Imagine a world where those that serve are some how more noble and patriotic than the very people and country they serve. Consider that tax payer dollars pay for advertising and marketing that is constantly on display in the media. Its sole purpose is to coerce opinions and propagandize the service these people volunteer to do.
And I know only too well that people will fail to understand the concepts of duty, service, and honor are not just a military trait. All Americans, until proven otherwise as in the case of Wall Street, are just as honorable, just as patriotic, and serve their country's freedom. Without them there is no military.
Just imagine how wrong it is to have to convince others through propaganda how noble a service you provide when you at the same time neglect to recognize your countrymen for their sacrifices.