Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, believes that the one commonality among Americans — our differences, and the right to express them — is the primary reason why soldiers and other service members are willing to fight to defend the nation.

“It does not matter if you are rich or poor, common or famous,” Milley told an audience during an Oct. 10 luncheon held by the Association of the U.S. Army.
“We will rise or fall based on our merit, and we will be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skins. That is the core organizing principle of the United States of America, and that is why we fight,” Milley said.