Why does the public have more confidence in the military than banks, religious organizations, and the government?1 A contributing factor is certainly the military’s obligation to remain apolitical. In a time of bitter political divisiveness, Americans do not feel they have to contradict their political views, no matter what they are, in supporting the military. All military members are required to uphold this confidence, but junior officers play an especially instrumental role in maintaining this public support.
- Jonathan Ladd, Joshua Tucker, and Sean Kates, “2018 American Institutional Confidence Poll,” John S and James L Knight Foundation and Georgetown University Baker Center for Leadership & Governance, 2018, aicpoll.com.
- George Washington, letter to Henry Knox, 1 April 1789.
- Jim Mattis and Bing West, Call Sign Chaos (New York: Random House, 2019), 184.