posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 02:55 PM
The bottom line is that, yes, they violated orders.
The millitary functions entierly on obediance to the letter of the order.
There's no room for interpretation.
I would have done the same and taken my lumps secure in the knowladge that, yes, I'm a lousy soldier, but I'm a better human being.
Thus, I'm not in the millitary!
"Screw off" doesn't go over well in the millitary, even well followed by "Sir!".