I take exception to some of you clowns assuming that those who join the Army are uneducated or lower class.
I came from a family with a long line of proud VOLUNTEER service. When I joined the Army it was to continue that service, and to continue to travel around the world, learn a new skill, and broaden my horizons.
20+ years later, with a BS and an MA, having lived in nearly a dozen other countries and deployed to multiple sandy environments, I am still well-read, well-spoken and upper middle class. My son will join at 18 as well - for the same reasons. Not for financial reasons, but because he recognizes that the military is still a great place to make your own way in this big old world.