Besides the heroism associated with US military personnel who serve their country and preserve American society, perhaps another reason why the US military is so honored and revered is because of the physically demanding conditioning that soldiers have to endure. Soldiers have to be in top physical condition in order to serve their country. Basic Training, or Boot Camp, is how the Army gets its soldiers from the recruitment process to the point where they are ready for deployment. But that means waking up early, running to the bone, and getting into peak physical condition.
Basic Training is generally a 9 week session of intense physical conditioning, combat training, and teamwork building. Soldiers wake up early, at 5Am, have morning physical training and then breakfast, then more training, such as a lesson on how to fire an assault weapon, the lunchtime followed by more training. After diner, it is time to go through with drills, and then there is some free time before going to bed early.
Even basic physical conditioning has to be performed according to military standards. A military-style sit-up requires a full arch of the back to the knees. A military-certified push-up requires that a soldier bends the elbow to a right angle.
While it is important to be in top physical condition as a soldier, there are other things that a soldier must do to prepare for deployment. The Army, Navy, Air Force, and other branches of the military all demand that soldiers submit fully to authority. Soldiers must learn how to fold their bed blankets with perfect corners and how to salute their superiors formally.
The United States military has been in operation since the beginning of the nation, when rag-tag bands of militia men fought in the Revolutionary War. But since then, the military has developed the basic training and other methods to ensure that the US department of defense is one of the strongest in the world.