Well, I was in the Army. I can't say I dug the concept of rank-structure. A lot of people who had even a single rank above other soldiers, almost always because of merely time in uniform and not necessarily merit or potential, were jerks. In the real world, if someone is your boss, well...they're you're boss and you sorta' have to do what they tell you while you're at work. On occasion, we may find ourselves in employment situations where we have more than one boss (and that always sucks,) but at least we don't have to deal with that shiznit when we leave the office or jobsite or restaurant or grocery store or whatever.
Marines were especially insane. I shared a base with them early in my career at Fort Sill.
So, this dude was a Marine. He had been out of uniform for a few years and when recalling his past, he still referred to the enlisted men as "my soldiers." Jesus Christ! At what point does a man get clearance to get from under this heels thumb! No, the jerkoff attitude was excessively prevalent to someone who has been in uniform before; someone like myself. If you've never served and buy into this, or if you have served and haven't accomplished a great deal as a civilian, you probably are going to take umbrage to what I say, but trust me; this dude was a tool.
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