You have my sincere heart-felt apology for questioning your purpose of asking about America's military, etc. I hope now that you know the rationale behind my 'paranoia', you'll find room in your heart to forgive me. I have nothing against you, especially now that I have read your other post, and truly believe you are sincere in your search for answers regarding the military. Again, I am sorry! :kiss
Being that I am a military spouse, and have also worked as a Civilian Department of Defense RN in the military hospitals (another reason for my 'paranoia':chuckle ), I would be happy to share with you from my perspective about joining the military as a nurse, that is if you'd like me to. Please don't judge me based on my skepticism. During war times (as we are now involved in with Afghanistan), military spouses are trained through family support groups to be on HIGH ALERT! Liken it to being "shell shocked" if that helps you understand the paranoia better.
It is true that once you sign on the dotted line, your "arse" belongs to Uncle Sam - hook, line, and sinker! People who join the military as officers often have to commit to a certain number of years, especially if that person's college tuition was paid for through an ROTC scholarship. During war times, it's next to impossible for any soldier to get out of the military, and depending on the date of some soldiers exit from the service, they can be called back on Active Duty during war times.
As a military nurse, the Air Force is the best of all the Armed Forces to join, but they don't make rank as fast. They do go to better duty stations, and are treated so much better than the other branch of services. They have money, so they get better treatment, better housing, and are often the less stressed of all the branch services.
If I can be of further help to you, please know that I will be happy to. As an American, and as an American Soldier's wife, I hope you can understand the precautions I take when I get a sense of uncertainty about someone. It's just an automatic protection mechanism instilled in me for being a "career soldier's military wife".