It really comes down to a lack of proper space.
In the UH-60 I have the most important circuit breakers accessible to me, but the lesser system circuit breakers are located above and behind me. The designers had to ask themselves, "what systems can the pilots do without... and still be able to survive?" For me, in the digital cockpit of the M model, the MFD will flash a warning of a popped breaker.
I know the F-5 lacked that, but if the pilot encountered a malfunction he would probably diagnose it as either a system failure or a blown fuse. His recourse? Adapt and overcome. That's why you get the extra flight pay!
Your men have to follow your orders. They don't have to go to your funeral.