All you have to pay is your life!
Would that be historically unusual for that generation at this point in its demographic life?
The military has a sort of built in age-cap. Older service members get out either because they 1) reach retirement benefits, 2) get injured, 3) end of contract/get out, or 4) hit promotion limit. I'm not including DOD civilians though.
As for food service, I don't know enough about it, but I imagine its a more a transitory job for most workers in that industry.
The military is a sweet gig for millennials. While you're in you get:
Decent pay check
And then when you're out you get:
VA Gauranteed Home Loan
PAID to go to free college
And a shit ton more.
Because working fast food is such a more noble profession.
I worked fast food for 6 years before I joined the army. Both industries suck, but I came out a lot better after 4 years of military than 6 in fast food.
The military isn't for everyone but it's a good gig if you're a sort of drifting millennial. I wasn't indoctrinated, and I'm more liberal now than when I joined.
Also to note that we have an all volunteer military and many joined while we had two conflicts.
I overheard an older guy comment in 2007 that this generation doesn't appreciate freedom and sacrifice. I wasn't quick thinking enough to respond with the statement above.
I know, right? It's total madness! Unexplainable! All those old boys I knew and served with in an Intelligence capacity, instantly dropping dead as they sign their retirement forms with a £100k+ pension pot, their own home & free travel for the rest of their life...../s
Someone just returned from recruiting school.
I never left the States so my life was never in danger.
If you would qualify to be a computer programmer in the military, you could go be a computer programmer anywhere else in industry for much better pay and without having to sign yourself over as government property for 4 years.