Also, the reasoning behind the overestimated value placed on them is the fact that they are the first line of defense and one
of the few professions where they are willingly putting their lives on the line. Vacation time and scheduled coffee breaks? Ha. They will live in crap conditions without typical creature comforts willingly in order to try to help some situation, whether you think they are helping or not isn’t the issue. Wildfires, hurricanes, you name it, they are first on the line. People scoff about it until they need them. Situations like Benghazi? Instead of running for their lives, the few there ran in to try to help save that ambassador which was obviously a losing battle but they tried. Not exactly something you would encounter in your oh so demanding desk-type job. .