Honesty was valued over telling people what they wanted to hear. Doing the job right was valued over kissing ass.
Way back when I had a "sham shield" 1 and was stationed at Fort Eustis, my Sergeant Major had junior enlisted give a "book report" each month in front of the entire company. I dreaded this. Most of the books you could choose were dry2 military histories or biographies of famous generals. Totally