When Defence Secretary Mark T. Esper said that he did not support President Trump’s plan to use the Insurrection Act of 1807 to quell the current protests in the US, he set a sterling example of the virtues of selfless soldiering.
Military training, upbringing and ethos are unique. They have to be, because they cater to the needs of preparing and maintaining an entire system for fitting into its unique role in the national security spectrum. The depth to which military training, upbringing and ethos change the DNA of those who receive this training and honourably spend time in uniform, determines the utility of the process to their respective countries, especially, to functional democracies. Events of the last two weeks in the US, a large democracy, merit attention in this regard.