By the time I was 22, I was a Tank Commander in Germany in 1984. I didnt figure that I was "dicking around" either. I knew I was waisting my time in HS, knew I wanted to be a career Soldier and since my Mother wouldn't sign for me to join at 17, I walked to the recruiters office with my S.S. Card and Birth Certificate on my 18th Birthday and was in my Basic Training reception Center the next day. I dont ask for anyone to give me anything, I work and pay my taxes. The benefits I earned in the Military were compensation for a dirty crappy job that most people couldn't or wouldn't do. Those benefits a whittled at a little at a time by the very folks who slept safe in their beds.. You know what thats all good, screw them long enough and hard enough and you wont have anyone to serve in the Military.