Unfortunately, by being a target himself he makes those around him targets as well. Officers stopped wearing highly visible badges of rank in combat situations some time ago, so for an enemy to try and get him would incur a penalty for others around him.
I have sympathy for anyone in a combat situation as it is very stressful. If you add to that an order to put yourself up as a `human shield` (which could happen in this case) for another, the stress can only rise.
You may be a Republican but you should also consider the effects of this sort of situation on those who have no choice but to obey.