How dare a college grad and engaged citizen volunteer to join the Army to fight for his country! (Which is something that most of the brave souls who inhabit the milblog community prefers to leave to others.)
While this is CJR, it is still by journalists and about journalism. You would think that they might could scare up at least some basics of journalism 101 and do some research, or spare a layer or two of that much vaunted fact checking that guarantees the accuracy, honesty, and neutrality of the true bastions of journalism that are the Old Media.
Hint for the cognitively impaired: Read author notes to the right -- I am the only civilian here. All the others are former or current serving military, and several have indeed seen the elephant. Read the author sketches at other places, and you might just find that they too have served or are serving; that some of the people who smelled something happend to have served at or spent considerable time at the base in question; and, that contrary to the overwrought lie they don't hate the troops.
They are the troops.