Lately while I've been trying to make my school selection and telling people about VMI/ROTC, they've seemed to ask me, "Do you want to make a career out of the military?" I was always under the impression that being in the military was just a stage of your life, people serve in the military for a few years and then get a job in the civilian world. How common is it for people to actually make a career out of the military? It would seem pretty hard since I've heard of people getting forced out, or simply not making the promotion cuts. Opinions?