People didn't join the Guard to go get blown up. They didn't join to have the contract terms they agreed to be completely torn to shreds. They didn't ask to be completely underequipped and asked to face things they weren't prepared for. To some extent, I agree with you, but... not quite.
The average person gets as good an impression about the military from what the military says as a child gets an impression about 'true love' from watching Disney movies.