Navy’s Top Gun? All you do there is train. Mav had to do it. So boring. Deployments and flying routine missions off carriers to keep skills sharp. More of that boring stuff. You train and train and train so that in the moment, your reaction time, muscle memory, ingrained mental checklists of trouble-shooting actions, confidence under the stress level of live engagements or alarms going off in the cockpit or on the bridge or in the armored vehicle - it is there for you on demand in the moment when you need it, because in that moment, it could indeed be life and death, and your training will equip you with your best chance of survival.
Life in the military, regardless of Service, specialty or rank, involves the highest highs of achievement and back-slapping emotion to “everyday routine” to grinding drudgery of endless reports, frustrations with logistics or budget or personnel. That is the reality of military service. And I wouldn’t trade my 26 years of it for anything, even the crappy parts.