Before I start Ill remind everyone that I am ex-military and I have been shot at before in the name of freedom and democracy. Its my belief that anyone who joins any branch of the military is a hero and should be treated as such.
Lets remember that our military currently is completly vollentary. You can not be forced into service. If the sons/daughters of politicians dont want to enlist then they cant be forced and certainly shouldnt be coerced into it for any reason. The families of politicians tend to be wealthy and allow for those young men and women to have different options then the middle class and lower class citizen's. They can choose to go get an education and have it all payed for by their parents.
The military is an excellent way for anyone to get a start in life. Its my opinion that the real problem lies in the underhanded tactics used by recruiters and the military in general and also the extreme amount of bull that one has to go through while in the military. New recruits get screwed a lot of the time because information is not available, information is not accurate, or things are changed behind the persons back. For example, a recruiter will tell you that while you go to college during your service that the military will pay 75% of your tuition. This is true. However they dont tell you that your commanding officer has to approve that. In my time I saw many people get screwed out of that because our commander didnt like the person, the person was being punished through legal military actions, or chose not to reinlist.
That said, if you had your choice, would you really choose the military over a free ride through college? Even though I enjoyed my time as a soldier, and even knowing what I know today, I know that normal college life would be my choice. If the military really wants to get more soldiers in their ranks then they should realy stop screwing over the ones they have and lying to the newer ones. This is of course all my opinion, formed from my own experiences as a solder.