I have a boy (19) I have "adopted" a couple of years ago, he is a good kid, but has some inherent problems that he just hasn't gotten his life together. When he moved in he was a drug user, a liar, didn't have a job, no GED, nothing going for him at all. His mother had kicked him out to the streets and he had no place to go or live. Now, he has his GED, he has a job, he is just starting to make a life for himself and then it happened... He has talked to a recruiter and this guy is promising him the world and he is almost ready to sign up. I have nothing against the military, I almost joined myself but thought it would be better for me not too. Anyways.. can anyone tell me if you think under these days and times is it a smart move to join? Never been in the military, tell me your thoughts.. Ex military, tell me your thoughts.. currently in the military tell me your thoughts... I don't want this to become a patriotic thread, or a thread that bashes the military, I am looking for honest opinions to help Brian with his decision and also help ease my mind I suppose. As a lot of you are aware, I am going through some things in my life where I will probably never have kids so Brian is as close to a son as I will possibly have so I just want what is best for him. Thanks for your thoughts and please pray for him during this time of decision.