Here's the deal. A buddy went out, got drunk, and got in a fight with an NCO. The next morning I got called in and was told to write a sworn statement on what I saw. I knew they were trying to hammer my buddy so I refused to write a statement. Then they pop me with a counseling statement--something about values and doing the right thing...what a bunch of crap. Can they really counsel me for taking the 5th?
You may not see the two as related but they are. You are held to a higher ethical standard as a Soldier. Your not some “kid on the block”, you are a Soldier with a duty and responsibility to do what is right, even when one of your buddies did something less than bright!