I really don't mean it in a negative way.
More and more people do not take orders anymore from people who are obviously intellectually inferior to them. A lot of freelance programmers come out of it (and those had a better chance of a smart leader before), and even those who continue employment can switch employers. That's difficult in the military.
On the other hand there is some awesome machinery to mess around with there.
Or you can go the route of becoming a dumb leader.