Some years ago a naval officer happened also to be serving as the Scoutmaster of my sons' troop. One evening he was addressing a group of parents. He talked about the principles of scouting --- how it gives boys good outdoor experiences, teaches them important life lessons, and promotes the development of leadership, teamwork, and character.
"Now, some people say that the Boy Scouts is a paramilitary organization," he said. Then he smiled. "I see nothing wrong with that!"