Stripes hating is lame. It's the new OMGPWNAGE/ETHUG/RACISM trend. Some people enlist, some people earn their commissions. Why does it matter to you? You're not all that special because you went to an Academy, there are independent military academies out there are ten times harsher than West Point or Naval. This is especially true if you are any kind of ROTC or JROTC. It varies from school to school but just because you wear an uniform in ROTC doesn't make you any more special. It took a year after boot camp and having seen the work of Marines in Iraq first hand did I finally feel comfortable enough to wear my uniform. I didn't deserve it any second prior to having fought with the Marines. If you get a commission it just means you're in a position of managing and leading a lot of men and women. But understand, it was still an enlisted NCO of SNCO that trained you. If your attitude is that the enlisted men are beneath you then it just shows your immaturity at handling something as important as being entrusted with other peoples' lives. If you're enlisted though, the officers still do deserve respect. You salute them for a reason, if you don't know why then you must have fucked up your basic training's customs class. A lot of officers went through more than just one crucible: college, OCS, TBS, and MOS school. The stress they have in managing their company is unparelleled and sometimes being given privy to the big picture is not always the best. No one wants to be the man with the heavy thorn crown. The main core value of the military isn't about individuality, it's about cohesion of a group of individuals. If you're not the commadant, not the admiral, not the general, you're not anything more special. Just another cog in the machine. Also, if the fact that you're on OT and the fact that you're here in this subforum should already say a little about yourself. When you insult a stripes or an officer, you're not only being an ignorant and arrogant prick (who definitely has never gone through training) you're insulting a fellow OT-er. Cliffs: 1. Don't be a ring knocker. 2. Don't be a hotshot butterbar. 3. Don't be a mototard. 4. You've earned the right to talk shit only if you're mustang or warrant.