Military life in general depraves men. It places them in conditions of complete idleness, i.e., absence of all useful work; frees them of their common human duties, which it replaces by merely conventional ones to the honour of the regiment, the uniform, the flag; and, while giving them on the one hand absolute power over other men, also puts them into conditions of servile obedience to those of higher rank than themselves.
Leo Tolstoy, Resurrection, Chapter 13
(Tolstoy himself had served in the Russian army and distinguished himself in engagements in the Caucasus.)
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