Hi Lee, curious how much research you put into military bureaucracy and culture. While a lot of what's written seems far-fetched you seem to have nailed it in some aspects (from Australian military perspective anyway).
My father spent time in the army and I remember clearly all the stories he told. Now I get correspondence from current serving soldiers. The dynamic between enlisted men and the higher-ups hasn’t changed in all these years - probably not since the Romans. Or even earlier.