It's true I maybe don't have enough experience to know better because it does seem like you get told what to do all day, except when on leave.
When I work my job I get bossed around but then I go home everyday and can decide the rest of my 16hrs for that day.
Part of the reason I dislike the military so much is because I had a friend I knew before he joined and he was a very happy go lucky guy. When he returned from the military he's like a robot. I don't mean he was just a hippy bum before hand and now he's disciplined. It's more like he just doesn't feel anything the same or take pleasure in.. life anymore. We've went partying together, drinking, hanging out with girls, he just doesn't seem to enjoy life the same way anymore.
He was in the airforce (in canada) so he hasn't personally killed people or lived some crazy military life of kids getting blown up. It's just like they brain washed him into some military robot or broke his spirit. His spark seems gone now.