It is rather interesting that in a time of no work for unskilled and semiskilled labor, the Army is so welcoming...I was thinking of that when I saw Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11"
When I was in high school in the early 1980's (with no war on) you had to have a high school diploma to get in the military, not a GED, that was for quitters. And you couldn't be more than about twenty-six years old. Now, I have a relative who is fifty-three and has been called up for the National Guard THREE TIMES!
Yup, the big goal if you were a fuck up in the eighties was to join the Army and get sent to Germany to drink for three or four years. Such a friendly place...hot girls and not much to do. It was Pleasure Island for the mediocre...
And now the mediocre are just fucked, man .