In days past men (and now women also) used to go to war to fight for democracy and freedom and to defend the Homeland.
Today it seems that the incentive to go to war is more about just trying to eek out a living and millions of young men and women are risking their lives just to get a pay check; democracy and freedom be damned.
Will improved military enlistment last? - CSMonitor.com
Faced with the challenge of maintaining its all-volunteer military as wars dragged on in Iraq and Afghanistan in the mid-2000s, the Pentagon began offering its most generous incentives ever, issuing up-front bonuses to those who agreed to reenlist. The problem is that some of the recipients were ineligible.
The policy resulted in overpayments in every state, but nowhere were recruiters more generous than the California National Guard.
Now nearly 10,000 current and retired soldiers in The Golden State have been ordered to repay all or some of the bonuses they received to incentivize their return to war.