Originally Posted by Toilet & Bowels
Yeah, you have to be mind bogglingly naive (or ignorant) to join the armed forces these days. Either that or your personality type is a mix of law abiding lackey + xenophobic murderous desire.
Lots of people who join the armed forces are from very poor areas, with minimal job prospects. Plenty of them are joining not because they believe in it but because it offers them some kind of future. A lot of my family are in the forces and I can say that none of them are how you describe them. A few decades ago they'd have been labourers or working in factories but those options aren't available to them anymore, and they're not stupid enough to believe that further education will provide them with any solution. Maybe choosing the dole is a better option but that's ultimately the only choice they have.