I used to be in the Army. I thought it was fun at first. Then I came to realize that you don't get paid to think. You have to conform--be just like everyone else in the unit--become a robot. You have little to no freedom, especially if you get an article 15 (I had a few of those). The mess hall food is bland, most squad leaders and platoon sergeants are pricks, and I hated having to stand in formation for three hours every time there was some kind of event.
The firing range was awesome, the training kicked ass, but the actual active duty sucked. The only really cool thing I got out of it was traveling. I was stationed in Hawaii, went to Thailand for a month and got to visit Guam once. I've been in several states within my lifetime, due to being an Army brat and went to others during my adulthood. I personally prefer being a civilian. I get to do more with my free time, hell I get more free time!! LOL. I don't have to worry about shining boots, or room inspections, I don't have to stand at attention when an officer walks by, and I don't have to wake up early in the morning unless it's important. ^_^