Marines get OK for Special Forces

Lurking below the surface of better integration with domestic and foreign militaries is one of the last paragraphs in the news announcement Marines get OK for Special Forces:

Also, many veteran special forces troops have been lured into the booming private security industry, where their skills can command salaries of more than $200,000 a year.

This commanding statement alludes to a real problem of highly trained professionals: pay or honor. This doesn’t have to be the dialectic it is. I believe the drive for special operations is an effort to reinvigorate the institutional aspect of the military, away from the occupational, while combing greater pay and skills.