As I was busy trolling here, I realized that the general attitude toward military personnel in the US approaches idolism. Military discounts, favors for military people, and going out of one's way just to help a person in uniform seems common. Is this something that everyone is into, and I missed the boat? To continue the discussion: Dire need of a job - there are plenty of jobs out there for unskilled workers. Pay, though, is actually about 150% of what I make for even the lowest pay grade, not taking into account any of the various bonuses/per diem/premium pay. Mommy and Daddy did not pay for my college either; I'm having to pay back student loans, even though I worked full-time the whole time. And I'd contest that living in a foreign country will give you what you put into it, having done an exchange program myself. I think it's possible to leave an asshat, and come back an asshat. I don't mean to deprecate the profession, y'all, I just think that the reverence people display towards military people is misplaced.