Every guy I have known who served in the military for the last 5-10 years has it way better than 90% of the people who stayed. They have training, insane military benefits, took advantage of the crazy army home loans, and unlike the rest of us, received a free education and will retire in ten years and have better paying career opportunities in their 40’s due to their military experience while we most likely will fight to keep our jobs.
One guy went on to become a medic, 9-10 years in he;s making 65k a year, has ridiculous benefits, a four bedroom home he rents out for 50k a year in San Fran, and could quit and get a better paying job in a hospital any time he wanted. But wait, he’s going to give it another 10 years and then receive a pension for the rest of his life. Boo hoo. Joined as a grunt when he was 19, making 130k a year at 27. I feel for the guys who were injured, but unless they were stupid not to take advantage of anything they have an edge on civilian guys if you ask me
Hell, even the stupid ones I know that did basic skilled work have offers from private companies to make $150k every 6 months to work for them in the middle east. The die hard combat guys who left the military can make even more than that working for defense contractors.