The military life, whether for Sailor, Soldier, Airman or Marine, is a good life. The human qualities it demands include fortitude, integrity, self-restraint, personal loyalty to other persons, and the surrender of the advantage of the individual to the common good. . .This is good company. Anyone can spend his life in it with great satisfaction.
What the bad man cannot be is a good Sailor, or Soldier, or Airman, or Marine. Military institutions thus form a repository of moral resource that should always be a source of strength within the state. . .The highest service of the military to the state may well lie in the moral sphere.
THE CHALLENGE OF COMMAND by Colonel Roger H. Nye