Okay, that's probably not fair, but the stats don't bode well for military service. http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/11/08/homeless.veterans/index.html I have long argued that joining the military is no way to improve your life. Sure, it can work out great for some, but not everyone who smokes dies of lung cancer either. Joining the military is like playing Russian roulette with your life. Recently a report was released claiming that about one in three vets returning from Iraq have mental problems. Also, we had a friend who served as a medic in Gulf I. Within a few years of returning home, he had lost his wife and his career. It is one thing to join-up out of a sense of duty or in a time of war, but don’t join because it might help to improve your life! It is also noteworthy that the all-volunteer force claims to attract the best of the best. So this isn't a matter of recruiting people who are already losers unless the military is lying about the quality of the people who join.