Of course, there are many different reasons why one joins or doesn't join. Some are old enough to have been drafted, some could not join for medical reasons, while others joined to the fight the enemy or were pacifists. I did not join the military for a number of reasons. The Vietnam War made it look horrible, and very few parents wanted their kids to get involved. After all, when I was old enough to join, more than 60,000 Americans had recently died. Up until Vietnam, the liberals and conservatives pretty much agreed on military issues. But, Vietnam really polarized the country even worse than today. When I was a kid, joining the military was the same as making a right-wing statement. I never considered joining for that reason.