You can be as insulted as you like, but I fail to see my hypocrisy. Never even implied you didn't earn the retirement. Don't see how my work for DoD negates my earlier post. In fact, not that you'd want to understand it, but it was your post to Craig that was a bit insulting.
You see, James, as much as it may like to think so, the military is not some entity all to itself. The military does much of the 'hard lifting' as it were, without a doubt. But it couldn't exist without the industrial/commercial base which supplies its food, fuel, weapons, medical supplies, etc. It couldn't exist very easily without the broad support of the many 'back home.' It couldn't exist without the scientists and researchers who try to ensure it has the best equipment/weapons to reduce battlefield injuries, and the best medical practices available to ensure those who are injured live. It couldn't even exist without the teachers, like Craig, who try to ensure that the population is educated, which is vitally important for it to understand the military's purpose and not misuse it.
Because I understand and appreciate that symbiotic relationship doesn't make me hypocritical, it simply makes me someone who, it seems, thinks a bit differently than you. We all (well, most of us) contribute to the defense of this nation. Some do it in uniform, some don't. It's simply hubris to believe otherwise.
Having served myself, I have great respect for those who have, and those who do (which includes a number of family members, some who lost their lives). I just don't puff up my chest and trot out that old semi-canard about how everyone else should thank me for their 'freedom.'