The New Byzantines?
Those of us who have served under the standard long enough and read Kipling’s The Vampire know that he’s not talking about scorned love but service to the government. The woman in question would seem to be Queen Elizabeth, but it applies to all times and circumstances.
The flight from the service by US Special Operations Forces operators has been epic and has been kept secret. The placement of zampolits to determine the political fitness to serve is odious and intolerable to many. Yes, I know, the government. needs to rid the ranks of the toxically masculine men in its midst and replace them with more pliable people.