|AFAIK you don't just "become an officer". It's a rank. You have to work your way up to it. It's not like the army is just hiring people with no military experience on as Lieutenants.|
I do see the "AFAIK", so this isn't completely a correction. But, there is West Point in New York, and I've been there... several times, actually. There, you can enlist as an officer in the military. Needless to say, I think that regular enlistees can eventually work their way up to officer.
About the air force thing, yeah. I have had 3 speakers come into class and talk about their job in the air force, how they joined hoping to fly jets and what not, but really just end up hanging around the base, checking on the planes, supplies. So, that is why I stated "maybe" prior to mentioning my idea on that.
To disagree with your thoughts on why
people would join, somebody's gotta do it. Some people find the combat fun. With as big of a nation as the USA, and all the corrupt, crazy leaders out there (future leaders or present), you kind of need an army on standby. Just like somebody has to be the doctor, or police officer, or banker even.
|According to the copyright notice at the bottom of the page, it has been around for 14 years.|
I have never... ever noticed that there.
EDIT: Just watched the Louie CK vids. He has a good point, but like I said earlier, with a nation as big as the US, you need a military on standby for defense. With WW2, imagine us not having a military larger than 10,000 when Japan attacked us. We would have been completely destroyed. This way there is a point, but with what Louie CK said, shooting someone on their soil is different.
Only if world peace was possible....