In an era where Americans seem increasingly at each other's throats, Defense Secretary James Mattis has a simple idea for bridging the gulf between the civilian and military worlds: Be excellent to each other.
The new Jack Ryan reboot that premiered on Amazon at the end of August marked the return of Tom Clancy’s eponymous Marine vet turned CIA super-spook to the forefront of American pop culture. Updated to reflect changing international threats, the series’ generally positive reception illustrates the staying power of Clancy’s vision of the military and national security realm. The New York Times’ Michael Hale observed that Jack Ryan is “still the Boy Scout, which is to say the godlike, morally superior American, stretching out his hand to the rest of the world.”
“One veteran I spoke with had interviewed for several jobs in the same industry without success. He attributed this to human resources people being biased against veterans. When I pointed out his negative attitude toward civilians and asked if he thought he had hidden it from the interviewers, he acknowledged they probably had picked up on it. ‘Would you hire someone you felt had a bad attitude toward you?’ I asked. He said he would not, yet he persisted in blaming civilians rather than holding himself accountable for his attitude.”