I doubt there is any other organization in American life that talks so constantly, openly, and unabashedly about the importance of ‘ethics’, ‘professionalism’, ‘integrity’ and ‘core values’ as the US military. Furthermore, many in the US military openly state that the military and its culture is in many ways morally superior to the civilian population it ostensibly serves – and, in the most extreme form, that the military itself offers a kind of moral light to a nation lost in a morass of moral relativism and decay (as such speakers would put it).