Re: Honest Opinion (not a pic thread)
Great option if you have nothing else going. The economy is so poor in so many parts of the country, I don't think it is a bad idea.
Right out of high school, I served 6 years active duty in the Marine Corps, spent nearly two years in South America, some time in Africa and a year in Cuba on Guantanamo Bay. No regrets, and I feel like I matured much faster than my peers who decided to go to college or go right in to the work force in factories or in the trades.
The VA paid 100% of my college - books, classes, lab materials etc. Unfortunately this benefit came as a result of a 30% disability rating - now increased to 70% - but I get free medical care (for the service connected disabilities) for the rest of my life and I am compensated monetarily until the day I die.
I made some lifelong friends, who put me where I am today by introducing me to my wife and sharing with me the great state of Michigan (which has such a deficit that they are talking about closing the state government.) Five children and a great job with #191 of the Fortune 500 and the second largest distributor of soft drinks in NA - The Pepsi Bottling Group.
Invaluable lessons and experiences that not even the most successful doctors, lawyers or rockstars will never experience.
There are many more intangible benefits; understanding what honor is, comraderie, teamwork, leadership, sacrifice, respect, morals, ethics. Which class do they teach that in at the university, or in job training for McDonalds, Vinnie's Construction company or Hot Topic?
If this is what you decide to do, make sure you choose a useful job - aircraft mechanic, diesel mechanic, computer repair, administration etc. You can be guranteed a specific specialty - there's your job experience. Infantry, while a great job (IMHO) is not going to get you a job anywhere. But understand that any or all can be deployed to the worst hole in the world.
That's not to say that it is not a dangerous job - nor the best choice for you - but for me; I'd never had done anything differently.
...great now I am late for work....