It wasn't just a job to me. It was tradition and a sense of duty. I signed up to defend YOUR freedom.
I'm down with that. Really I am. The problem is that MY freedom (and every other Americans) hasn't needed defending in my lifetime and quite a few generations before as well. At least not from foreign powers. I mean 175 years ago Mexico wanted Texas back. Other than that...I'm a little vague on pre-20th US history.
The thing they never tell anybody, especially new recruits is that there are no shades of gray in freedom. You're either free or not. And we're not. All those laws. All those bureaucrats. All those taxes and fees and licenses and fines and penalties and collusion. Geez it never ends. We just have a better standard of living than most slaves.
Imagine the hypocrisy required to hire folks to be fully owned and operated by the US Navy (or whatever) 24/7 for four years, have commands barked at you constantly that must be followed or off to the brig, all in the name of defending freedom!
I'll fight any day for my freedom. But not for a flag or a 'cause'.