I know right? We're all like, freaks in a freaky world (and hey who doesn't want to get freaky,
I know military life will be tough (especially at first), but I am rooting for you and will continue to do so. If you must confine your friendships to within a rank or two, at least make those friendships count, and even if you can't be friends with a four-star general, you can still offer the gift of an honoring and respectful demeanor towards him/her. When one considers the literally deadly serious jobs the military has to do, it's no wonder they're so formal about everything. Sometimes in life you just choose to adhere to an organization's rules, in order to get the benefits that the organization offers.
Anyway, adapt to the utmost of your abilities (and probably avoid calling any lady officers "gal," amirite.