You've been very kind about answering what must seem simple minded and strange questions, and your answers have always been very helpful. I hope that you'll indulge me again.
There is, I think, general recognition that combat soldiers must earn each other's trust. When a new man joins a unit he must earn the old-timers' trust by proving he can be relied upon in a tight spot. Scholars and soldiers often write of this. My question is ...can that trust be broken? If so, what sort of behavior breaks that trust? And, finally, do any of you recall witnessing a soldier losing the trust of his comrades, and what did he do to make that happen?
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Thanks very much.
"Well behaved women rarely make history."
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich