Here is why I stayed in the Army for 24 yrs.
After my 6 yrs with the Army I took a break in service and went to college. It was all paid for by the GI Bill and I got a check for living expenses every month. (I was married and had 2 boys by that time) After I graduated and got a civilian job, a old Sargeant talked me into joning the Army National Guard. I found out later he just wanted me on his pistol team which he was the team coach. That was fine with me because instead of going on 2 weeks summer training we went to 2 weeks of pistol matches. We checked out Army sedans and stayed at very nice hotels with all our meals paid and with expense money added on to our TDY check. When we went to the Nationals (if we won the reginals we got to go to the Nationals), then we flew to the Nationals. Got rental vehicles and again all expenses paid. Now when time came around for me to reenlist, I was waiting at the door. Who could resist or turn down using some of the finest guns made, and 5000 rds per pistol (3 centerfire pistols per team member and one .22 Target pistol) just for practice every year. I still have some of that practice ammo cause I quickly learned that I could just shoot 500 rds and then reload the cases for more than enough practice. You would have to beat me with a ball bat to get me to turn away from all those perks.
Of course reupping all the time did get me enlisted long enough to get caught up in the Desert Storm expedition. Which gained me a few good whacks from the Lt. in my life. (Lt. Linda) But what the heck, I was a good shot anyway.
If a man strikes you on the cheek
Being a Christian the only thing you can do
Is to help him up off the ground.