I know many of the members here are parents so I decided to make a poll that you might find interesting. Currently the world is experiencing a lot of conflicts and problems when it comes to securities. We have war against terrorism in the Middle east and Africa. Russia have conflicts against Ukraine and Georgia. last but not the least the tension of China against ASEAN nations and Japan. Actually it will take me multiple pages if I will evaluate all the current conflicts in this world.
Many Men and women joins the military to serve their country and to some extent, the world. If your son or daughter told you that they wan't to join the military and that is their calling, Are you going to approve? Knowing the dangers waiting for him./her, Are you going to let them pursue such dream. I remember on a book I read, a character said "Soldiers join the military to serve their nation but they were nothing but pawns."
Joining the Military is now always about wars and national security BTW. Military people does rescue and relief operations during natural disasters as well.