I'm going to chuck in 2 cents.
A lot of the soldiers I served with, had no clue why they were serving, at least initially.
Some wanted college.
Some didn't want to run a dairy farm in some pasture in Maryland.
Then some, wanted to make the most of what they could offer, for the benefit of the citizens of the US.
Hell I can remember a female soldier who literally made sure we was pregnant, or recovering from a pregnancy every day of her life.
I guess a free paycheck and medical for her family?
There is however a TON of mental processing that goes on. A change in character and personality is often brought on by this process. Anybody who has sent their youngins off to Basic Training, and met them at graduation took note of it somewhere in the immediate vicinity of the parade field.
Things are definitely not the same.
is one of the core components of a soldiers existence.
(They still teaching L.D.R.S.H.I.P. in the Army?)
Loyalty to "what" is the best question any of us could ask.
For some, it's the "Chain of Command".
For others it's "Your fellow soldiers".
Then there's "To the United States".
I do have to say, that outside of the oath of enlistment though, there is not a lot of conversation or training (none actually) on the Constitution. Not even a passing reference.
Some have been wise enough to look up, and study, the Constitution that they swore an oath to.
Others would be willing to remain ignorant, and therein lies the problem. These are your federal baby killers.
Hate to put it that way, but that's the truth.
Need proof? Look at Katrina videos.
Let's put this in perspective though.
If a soldier is loyal to his or her government, that is not so much of an issue so long as government is abiding by the Constitution they also swore to defend.
When "the people" allow their government to violate the constitution, they are setting themselves up for failure. They are also setting their service members up for failure.
So yeah, make your votes count.
Hold your elected representatives accountable.
Impeach those who oppose the constitution.
Remember first and foremost, that the military is a big, stonkin, ever sharp blade of war. It is the iron fist of destruction. It is meant to engage and destroy enemies of the United States, in close, personal combat.
It is not a police force.
Not in this country, or any other.
As Forrest would say, "That's all I got to say about that..."