It seems quite clear ... the powers that be chip away at different people at different times in different ways and changing things such that you don't see it coming or happening.
Then when you turn around the Corps has changed and you haven't quite realised.
You could easily put this into the terms of the poem where it goes something like;
First they came for ...., but as I wasn't affected I did said nothing,
Then they came .......
Finally they came for me and there was no one left,
As for glory seekers in the ACO. The majority of glory seekers are those who have had jobs in the RAF and on reaching retirement can't quite face that reality and come into the ACO for their own ends / means, thinking they know best. There are a few within the CFAV but these are invariably 'little' people whose real lives have or bring little meaning and see the ACO as a way of filling the gaps and being something that they would have little chance of being in their real lives.