Differences between military service and regular jobs: First, most military members cannot quit just because they feel like it. Name another job that does not allow you to quit at your liesure.
Second, most jobs do not involve a significant risk to life and limb. I have respect for the mechanic that works on my car, but his odds of being injured, disabled or killed are far lower than a combat soldier.
Third, (at least here in the U.S.) a military member must swear an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, something that is not required of a standard citizen.
It is that difference in level of commitment, along with the level of importance of the job, that justifies the difference in perception.+Aleksandar Popovic
The majority of 'hate' of the U.S. I've seen comes from countries that have benefited from U.S. aid. For the most part, Americans would rather stay out of other countries, and also not provide financial support for them either. But many other coutnries want the financial aid, and still want to bad mouth the U.S. I find that.... interesting.+Srdjan Rakic
The original post makes no mention of 'God'. You're bringing an outside issue into the discussion that doesn't even apply to the original post.+Dawn Brumbaugh
So, you're unwilling to provide examples of the special treatment requests. That means there's no point in discussing that any further with you. When you make a claim, but then fail to provide even anecdotal evidence, the claim is worthless.
My conclusion is that there are no
significant number of 'special treatment' requests, at least any number that is above the average for non-military citizens. +Franklin Stone
We're not proud of the war. We're thankful for the soldiers. There's an imporetant difference.+Jim A
You make an excellent point. We engage in combat in order to end hostilities, with the goal of peaceful resolutions. Some of our enemies do not want a peaceful resolution; they seek the total and utter annihilation of their opponents. A Muslim Jihadist wants all
his opponents to suffer and die. A U.S. soldier just wants to see a peaceful end to the conflict.