Personally I think you have over looked national variances and the responses have been generalised in the extreme.
I can't and wont talk for civilians in other countries but in New Zealand your average civilian sees the military as a career choice not a calling, in general we support our military (primarily because the Government doesn't) but we are not in awe of them, I would also suggest that the vast majority of Kiwi's sign up not to defend the homeland and be knights in shining armour but because the lifestyle suits Kiwi's (or at least that was my excuse).
So I guess what I am saying is that the soldiers view of how civilians see them is perhaps only accurate within the nation that soldier is serving and not the same for all civilians if it has any accuracy at all.
We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation. ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld