Why is Army so bad now? Why is Military so bad in general? I just got out of the Navy and am joining the Army. My sister is a Marine. We're setting our selves up for life here. Free bachelors degree, paid housing, competitive pay, pride, honor, 3 hot meals and a place to sleep alone is more than anything in the civilian sector can guarantee you. Free health care for life and our children's lives. Is it so wrong to risk your life for something more than yourself? I just increased my chances of dying by 9 times joining the Army over the Navy, and something like 30 times over being a civilian. Is it worth it? Damn skippy it is. So while I can understand one's personal opinion on going to college and getting a degree. Some people don't have that opinion or dedication or self motivation. Things which are taught in military life. So don't go telling someone to do or not do something because you don't believe it is in your own best interest, encourage them to look at alternatives and do what they believe is best for them. *EDIT* I forgot to post on the original idea of this thread. My opinion of after high school, and what I will encourage my children to do is take a year to themselves. Work and live and pay rent to the family or move out sorta thing, or go to college and see if you like it. Or join military right away. Though I thoroughly recommend just doing what you want for a year. See what it's like to survive on your own, see what college is like see what the world can offer and take away. If your not sure what you want to do after that? Join the Armed Forces. It will give you direction and money and you can see the world abroad. At the end of 4 years, you have college money and job training, do with it as you will.