See my previous couple of posts this same thread.
PM, imagine a weapons system. Let’s say it is a missile intercept system. Also imagine that they’ve left off the tail fin from every 3rd interceptor missile that they’ve sent you.
This is a problem. It could be a deadly problem.
Now, imagine a military combat unit as a carefully constructed and balanced weapons system. It actually is rated in terms of its combat power and combat effectiveness. It might have any number of components: infantry, armor, aviation, cooks, clerks, and DOCS.
Doctors are critical to the maintenance and reconstruction of one’s forces, and they are critical to the morale of the force.
If you pull one out, then you’ve effectively injured that weapons system in the same way as you injured that missile by removing a tail fin from every 3rd missile.
These military members of ours do not operate in a vacuum. Everyone is dependent on and connected to everyone else.
That is why this cannot be an acceptable definition of the freedom of individual troops. Their behavior cannot be designed to threaten the lives of others.
That is why I’m confident that this officer is not understanding the nature of orders received in an ongoing war.
Would you then perhaps think it would be OK for members of the military to question the authority of those orders?
Or as a member of the military is it incumbent upon you to obey orders, even if those orders are by nature illegal or unauthorized by the constitution?