Pros: Benefits can't be beat
Cons: Working in harsh weather conditions
Most people don't look at the military as a job, but that's what it is. Obviously, there are some challenges and adventures to be had, but at the end of the day, it's a job. The benefits can't be beat, including free room and board, 3 health meals a day, full medical, dental, life insurance, and college paid for while on active duty and benefits after active duty, naming just some of the perks. With all of the conflict around the world, the chance that you will get deployed in some foreign land and have to fight for your country is a known job hazard. However, the people, for the most part, in all branches are quality people. It used to be that only the bottom 10% of the culture served in the military, but truth be told, the bottom 25% of Americans would probably not even qualify to serve in today's military. The hardest part of this job are the countless hours spent in harsh, outside conditions, training to do your job in a combat environment. The most enjoyable part of the job, for me, was the opportunity to move to new places and experience other cultures all over the globe. One does not know how good s/he has it, until one has seen how the rest of the world works and lives. I would say that most police officers have it harder than most members of the military, so if you're considering law enforcement, you might want to look into the Reserves or National Guard first.