It is almost a truism to observe that the American public is ambivalent in its feelings toward the U.S. military as an organization. On the one hand, within the strong American tradition of political liberalism the military symbolizes state control and the loss of personal freedom, On the other hand, the military exists to defend freedom, as in World War II. It is clear that the public in general regards the military as more than just a necessary evil. While the military does exhibit instances of bungling, waste, arrogance, and irresponsibility 1 it also sets national examples of courage, asceticism, selflessness, and devotion to duty.
West, Francis J.
"Reflections on the Military Organization,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 27
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol27/iss3/4