Yup, you find all kinds in the military. In the ten years I served I worked with all kinds of characters but very few that didn't fit the category I mentioned. What was your experience in this?
As far as bridging the gap, I really don't think there is one. I'm aware of the virtue of non-violence and I don't think war is a good idea, never did, but I also recognize the need for someone to be willing to protect others.
I see the corruption of the world, using young people filled with patriotic zeal to further corporate goals. I even protested the start of the war in Iraq because I wasn't fooled into believing the neo con propaganda.
But I know the role of the soldier all too well, and I realize what I am. I respect your position and know that you are pointing in a direction that the human race needs to go toward if we are to evolve past the ethno/theocentric ideas into a world centric ideology.
Perhaps you see in many members here a rather provincial attitude, and in that you aren't far wrong, but that is embedded within me as well, it is a part that is intrinsic into the person I am. So be it.
I think all of us applaud the effort to move beyond what we are, for the human race to someday achieve a higher way of being, beyond the need of violence. Unfortunately, that day is not yet here.