I'm reading a book right now (Yearning Wild by Glendon Brunk) that has shown the similarities of religion and the military, both of which I have an aversion to. Both rely on a sheeplike willingness of people to follow, to not ask questions. Both involve encountering the smug self-righteousness of assumed authority. Both are institutions entirely dependent upon the manufacture and manipulation of men's fear and rage. I think these are good points and anyone who finds themselves in either predicament (faith or the military), should consider the fact that they've been manipulated and should make efforts to commence some independent thinking. It's for your own good.