The Gen. David Petraeus sex scandal has thrown light on how some generals (and admirals, probably) handle their rank. A headline in The Week magazine put it this way: “America’s Generals: Medal-Festooned Rock Stars.”
That’s a bit far-fetched since most high ranking officers aren’t as well known as rock stars. Most Americans probably couldn’t name a current general except when they break into the news such as former general Petraeus did. Great generals of the past such as Grant, MacArthur, Patton and Eisenhower are well known and respected. Most Americans will never meet a general or admiral. Veterans will tell you that when they were young and serving Uncle Sam, they could be awestruck when seeing a general or admiral. The longer in the service, the less in awe.
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